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Top-ranked Plano Prestonwood baseball upset by Concordia Lutheran in state semifinal

ARLINGTON – When it came to being the best private school baseball in the area this season, Plano Prestonwood Christian was the standard bearer. However, on Tuesday that season came to a surprising end.

Prestonwood managed just three hits in a 6-0 loss to Tomball Concordia Lutheran in a TAPPS Division I state semifinal at UT-Arlington’s Clay Gould Ballpark. Concordia junior pitcher Connor Jones caused most of Prestonwood’s hitting frustration. Relying on a corner-biting curveball, Jones recorded nine strikeouts with no walks.

It was just the second loss this season for Prestonwood (27-2-1), the top-ranked team in The Dallas Morning News‘ Class 5A/Other Area Survey and the State Survey of Large Private Schools from txhighschoolbaseball.com. Prestonwood’s other loss this season was a 5-4 decision to Bishop Lynch on April 5.

Concordia Lutheran (24-14-1), ranked No. 5 in the state, will face No. 9-ranked San Antonio Central Catholic (26-12-2) in the Division I state championship game Wednesday at noon at Clay Gould Ballpark. . Central Catholic beat Houston St. Pius X 3-2 in the other semifinal. Concordia finished second in TAPPS District I-2 behind St. Pius X.

Concordia got most of its offense into a four-run second inning. Hugh Willhelm started the frame with a double down the right field line, the only extra-base hit of the game, and finally scored on a bases-loaded walk by Ronin McCraw. Nolan Traeger was hit by a pitch to make it 2-0 and Eoghan Collins followed with a two-run single to left field. Concordia added a run in the fifth and seventh innings due to fielding errors by Prestonwood.

Trent Vilade took the loss, allowing four earned runs, four hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings and striking out five.

Prestonwood had no runners advance beyond second base and fell in order in its final 12 outs after Tanner Trout hit a bunt single on a full count to lead off the third inning. Vanderbilt signee Anthony DePaolo and Abilene Christian signee Louis Bussard each had a single for Prestonwood.

Willhelm finished with two hits for Concordia, the only player with multiple hits.

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