Prosper Bounces Hallsville From Playoffs in 9-2 Rout
It seemed Cooper Rawls knew he was coming off the field for the final time.
When Rawls, the Hallsville pitcher, walked off the mound and toward the dugout several teammates greeted him with long hugs. The emotion was palpable.
Rawls came out because he was nearing the pitch limit of 110 in Game 2 of a regional quarterfinal series with Prosper. He had been struggling in what would be a 9-2 loss.
Although he began the game strong, striking out five consecutive batters during a stretch in the first and second innings, he hit a wall in the third. After two quick outs, he walked two consecutive batters, the first of which would go on to score the tying run.
Still, Hallsville remained within reach until the fifth inning. The Bobcats gave up three hits in the inning, which was capped by Jax Allen's two-RBI single, which turned into an inside the park home run after a Hallsville error.
Rawls was pulled after 4.1 innings of action and finished with six strikeouts.
Hallsville struggled to hit the ball. Although the Bobcats finished with three hits, two came in the seventh inning after Prosper's starting pitcher, Conner Jackson, had already been pulled.
The Bobcats finished their season with a 25-11 record.