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Baseball: Brock overwhelms Paradise – Panthers fall in bi-district round

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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One and Done

ONE AND DONE – Paradise pitcher Mikey Passariello leans over the rail after Friday’s 11-1 loss to Brock. Passariello gave up seven runs on 11 hits. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Mikey Passariello played with fire for the first three innings Friday against No. 2 Brock.

After loading the bases with two outs in the first, Passariello surrendered just one run on a passed ball. Later in the third, Passariello minimized the damage when Cooper Allen plated two runs on a single through the left side of the infield.

In the fourth inning, Passariello finally got burned.

After the Eagles perfectly executed a suicide squeeze to drive in a run, Cooper Nelson cleared the bases with a three-run triple. Brock scored four more runs in the fifth en route to an 11-1 victory over Paradise in five innings.

Brock won the 3A Region I bi-district series 2-0 at Weatherford College.

“He just fell behind in some counts,” said Paradise coach Nick Pike of Passariello. “I thought he competed well, but we didn’t make some plays behind him. Falling behind in counts against good hitters – they’ll make you pay for it.”

Passariello scattered seven runs on 11 hits over four innings. He struck out four and walked four. Passariello struggled with his command, throwing just 51 of his 91 pitches for strikes.

“I was just trying to place pitches, and that’s not something I need to do,” Passariello said. “I just need to reach back and throw the ball. I feel like I got a little frustrated. I let it get to me, which shouldn’t happen.”

Trace Tyler pitched the final inning for Paradise in relief. He gave up four runs on five hits.

The Panthers got their lone run of the game on an error in the third inning. Mitchell Sellars lofted a shallow fly ball to left field that Brock’s outfielder could not corral.

Paradise worked two walks to start the second inning, but Jase Lopez pulled the string on Blaine Gibson, striking him out to retire the side. The Panthers managed just two hits in the loss.

“Coming up with that big hit has been [a problem] a lot of the year,” Pike said.

Paradise ended its season 10-15 overall. The Panthers went 8-6 in District 8-3A, claiming the fourth and final playoff spot.

Brock and Paradise will meet twice a year next season, as the two schools will be in the newly re-aligned District 7-3A.

“We have a lot coming back and a lot to look forward to. We can compete with the big dogs,” Pike said. “I’m proud of the way they competed. I wish it would have ended better for them.”

Close Play

CLOSE PLAY – Paradise catcher Jace Essig tries to apply a tag to a Brock runner in Friday’s 11-1 loss. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

4A Region II area
Decatur vs. Princeton at Hebron

Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday
Game 2: Noon Saturday
Game 3: Immediately after Game 2, if necessary

SOFTBALL

4A Region II quarterfinal
Decatur vs. Bonham at Prosper

Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday
Game 2: 5 p.m. Saturday
Game 3: Immediately after Game 2, if necessary

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