Charlie Mascorro’s two-run fourth inning home run was the difference as Wall rallied for a 3-2 win over Brock in the opening game of the Region I-3A final at ACU’s Crutcher Scott Field on Thursday night.
Mascorro’s blast to left field provided the winning run as Caleb Heuertz and Ryan Gully combined to hold the Eagles to four hits as top-ranked Wall improved to 36-0 this season.
“I wasn’t trying to do that,” Mascorro said. “I was just trying to get that run in and I didn’t know it was a home run until rounding second and everyone in the stands and my teammates were jumping. It was just surreal.”
The home run capped a three-run rally for the Hawks, who had trailed 1-0 since the first inning.
“It turned out good for us, but that’s what baseball is about in the regional finals and that’s what we expect,” Wall coach Jason Schniers said. “(Charlie) had a good swing with two strikes. I didn’t think that we had our best approaches at the plate and part of that is because (Cooper) Nelson is a good guy on the mound and he kept us off-balance.
“I was glad to see that go over the fence.”
Heuertz went six-plus innings and gave up two runs on three hits and four walks while adding six strikeouts. Gully needed just 10 pitches to get three outs to earn the save. One of the two runs charged to Heuertz was an inherited runner.
Nelson was the hard-luck loser as he allowed three earned runs in a complete game effort in which he struck out six and scattered six hits without walking anyone.
“That is just good 3A high school baseball,” Brock coach Hart Hering said. “That was as good as it gets and I don’t think anyone expected anything less.”
In the seventh, Cooper Allen’s two-out single scored Eli Potts and left Jax Powell on third. Gully earned the save when Tripp Jones lined out to Heuertz at shortstop.
“We were fortunate to get the out right there when we needed it and it could have gone either way,” said Schniers. “What a great job there by Ryan Gully. That’s as pressure-packed as you can get and he handled the job. I haven’t used him much this year and that’s what I’ve been waiting for and he did his job.”
Schniers said that was the most intense, pressure-packed situation that Wall has been in this season.
Brock jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning without the benefit of a hit.
Allen drew a leadoff walk after falling behind in the count 1-2 and then stole second on Heuertz’ first offering to Jones. Jones executed a perfect bunt to move Allen to third base before Jase Lopez’ safety squeeze put the Eagles on top.
After the walk to Allen, Heuertz retired eight batters in a row before walking Allen again with two outs in the third inning. Jones singled and stole second giving the Eagles two runners in scoring position before Lopez grounded out to end the threat.
That led to a huge momentum swing as Gage Weishuhn and Jake Jansa had back-to-back-doubles preceding Mascorro’s shot into the wind.
Aside from Tanner Seider reaching on a fifth inning hit by pitch, Mascorro was the last Hawk to reach base.
Brock, which left six runners on base, had plenty of opportunities to tie the game and even retake the lead but could never get the timely hit.
In the fifth, Parker Bounds was retired on a fielder’s choice to end the frame after he had singled with one out.
An inning later, Jones and Lopez both drew walks to start the frame with Jones moving to third on Cooper Nelson’s fly out to Wall center fielder Colton Diebitsch.
Tyler Riddle then hit a sharp grounder to Mascorro at third base and he started an around the horn double play to end the threat.
“We knew it was going to be a dogfight and we expected that,” said Hering. “Wall and Brock is a postseason rivalry every year in every sport and it seems like we match up deep in the playoffs. I think there is a mutual respect from both communities, both schools and all the players that are competing against each other.”
Wall will look to close out the series on Friday with a 1 p.m. first pitch back at ACU. If Game 3 is needed, it will be played 30 minutes after the completion of Game 2.
REGION I-3A FINAL
WALL 3, BROCK 2
Caleb Heuertz, Ryan Gully (7) and Tanner Seider. Cooper Nelson and Tyler Riddle. W — Heuertz. L — Nelson. S — Gully. 2B — Wall: Jake Jansa 2, Gage Weishuhn, Seider. HR — Wall: Charlie Mascorro.
Records — Wall 36-0, Brock 30-6-1.