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Frisco Wakeland baseball (25-13) put in the endless amount of work that it takes to get to the level of play where you face only the best of the best in the state. With the determination In their third state tournament appearance, the Wolverines are on a quest to hoist the state championship trophy for the very first time. Before they can get to the state title game, though, they must first get through Georgetown (33-7) in the UIL Class 5A Baseball State Semifinals. VYPE DFW takes a look at the Wolverine's season and just what fans can expect in the semifinals.
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Opening the season with three-straight losses, it wasn't long before the Wolverines knew that they had to do something different if they wanted a fighting chance at posting a good season. Once the team was able to turn their season around, they put in the time and dedication that it took to make it a better run. During district play, the Wolverines posted a second-place finish in their district and fought hard into playoffs.
So far in playoffs, Frisco Wakeland has been able to shut down the attacks of some of the strongest teams in the metroplex. Unranked, Wakeland was forced to play top-teams in playoffs, but this never stopped them from keeping their composure and fighting until the final play was finished. Defeating state ranked teams like No. 2 Lufkin and No. 7 Forney, the Wolverines advanced to their third state tournament appearance.
Carson Priebe leads the team in home runs with four this season. Priebe also leads in RBIs posting 29. He is hitting .345 and can be expected to make smart hits through the state semifinal matchup. Leading the team in hits is Addison Brown who has posted 37 total this season while scoring 30 runs and driving in 28 RBIs. Brown has recorded a .366 bating average so far this season. Holden Yaksick helps Priebe lead the defense from the mound. As the team's main source of attack on the bump, Yaksick has recorded a 9-2 record with a 1.96 ERA while Priebe has averaged 9.3 strikeouts per 7 innings.
The team is going to have a run for their money with Georgetown. Georgetown is out for revenge with the goal of leaving this tournament as a state champion after finishing as the runner-ups in their only two state appearances (2015, 2019). With a slew of D1 pledges, Georgetown has the depth that it takes to leave as winners. However, the Wolverines still might have a couple of tricks up their sleeves as they attempt to stun baseball fans around the state. Playing a heavy-hitting team isn't new to Frisco Wakeland- the fact that they have been tested all season and have come out victorious should keep fans on the edge of their seats. Expect the Wolverines to put in the work in the state semifinals.
The game is expected to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.
Mansfield Legacy (32-9) is set to make their first-ever UIL Baseball State Tournament appearance on Thursday, June 8, 2022. The team fought hard all season and is ready to do whatever it takes to get to the state title game. Before they can do that, though, they must take down Friendswood (29-7-1) in the UIL Class 5A Baseball State Semifinals. VYPE DFW takes a look at the season so far and dives into what fans can expect from this squad.
Coming into the season with a brand new perspective on getting the job done, the Broncos did just that. Through preseason, the team fought hard and sharpened their skills for district play. In district play, the team went 13-1 against district opponents before sliding into playoffs with the mentality to take each game as a new start and get to the next level.
So far in playoffs, the team has gone back and forth with their opponents and made timely plays in order to keep their season alive. The team even defeated Aledo in a come-from-behind victory during an elimination game. To say that the Broncos are battle-tested is a complete understatement.
Kayden Voelkel leads the team at the plate with a .455 batting average, six home runs, and 57 RBIs. Dylan Schlaegel has posted a .382 batting average while tallying six triples this season. Defensively speaking, Voelkel has been a force on the mound- posting a 2.94 ERA in 50 innings pitched while Drake Dowd leads the defense with a 2.00 ERA in 52.1 innings pitched. The team has nine athletes who are batting .300 or better.
Friendswood has a slew of great players and can be expected to play hard right out the gate. The team is going to put up a fight against Mansfield Legacy as they go for their first-ever state title. However, Mansfield Legacy is on a mission and won't stop until they get the most out of this season. The batters on the Broncos' team will be able to get the offense started before the defense shuts down all attacks from Friendswood.
The game is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.