Coppell to play in ‘highly competitive’ regional quarterfinals against Prosper


Anjali Krishna

Coppell junior TJ Pompey pitches against Dallas Jesuit at Jesuit’s Wright Field on May 13. The Cowboys play Prosper in a best-of-three Class 6A Region I quarterfinals series, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for Game 1, Friday at 7:30 p.m, for Game 2 and the potential Game 3 is on Saturday at 1 p.m.; all games are at Little Elm.

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer

The Coppell baseball team had its best offensive showing of the season against Dallas Jesuit in the Class 6A Region I area playoffs last week. Not only was Coppell able to get hits and runs early in both games, the Cowboys were able to showcase their hitting depth with all nine batters playing crucial roles throughout the series.

At the perfect time, Coppell has gelled into the three-legged powerhouse it desired to be since the beginning of the season.

With spirits high, the Cowboys will face a star-studded, state-ranked foe in a highly competitive and intense series.

“It’s gonna be awesome playing them,” Coppell senior third baseman Walker Polk said.  “I have a lot of friends that play over there and it’s gonna be a really competitive series like it always is so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Coppell (25-6-1) faces Prosper (24-11) in a rematch of last year’s regional quarterfinals, where the Cowboys swept the Eagles, in a best-of-three Class 6A Region I quarterfinals series.

The Cowboys play Prosper for Game 1 on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  Game 2 is Friday at 7:30 p.m.. Game 3, if necessary, will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. All games will be played at Little Elm.

“It’s going to be a really good series; it’s going to be a tough series,” Coppell coach Ryan Howard said. “They are a very, very talented team. And on top of that, they’re very well coached and they expect to win. They know how to win ball games so they’re a top 10 program in the state for a reason and it’s gonna be a great matchup.”

Of Prosper’s talent, senior pitcher Lucas Davenport, a Texas A&M signee, and senior catcher Easton Carmichael, a Oklahoma signee, lead the list. Junior pitcher Dane Burns, a Mississippi State commit, senior outfielder Jacob Devenny, a Rice signee, a freshman phenom Luke Billings, a Tennessee commit, round out the list of talent that the Eagles have.

“They are a tough matchup,” Howard said. “Anytime you get to this point in the year. you’re gonna have you’re playing against good teams. They’re well coached and it’s going to be a good series.”

Despite the Eagles’ talent, the Cowboys, riding a nine-game winning streak that last saw them lose a game over a month ago, are confident they can get the job done.

“I’m very excited,” Coppell junior ace TJ Pompey said. “We know they are a good team. We are going to get after them and play our game.”

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