Highland Park - 3; Mesquite Poteet - 4

Losing Pitcher: Evan Blakeley, Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas

"Mesquite Poteet secures state berth," Keith Whitmire, The Dallas Morning News http://www.dallasnews.com, June 1, 2007 at 11:15 PM CDT, http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/highschools/topstories/stories/060207dnspohsbasepoteet.3752b5e.html#

COLLEYVILLE – With a berth to the state tournament on the line, Highland Park caught Mesquite Poteet ace Teddy Nowell on a night when he was very hittable.

But it was Poteet that came up with the big hits in extra innings for a 4-3 win and the Class 4A Region I championship.

Sophomore shortstop Brett Doe had the biggest hit of all. In front of an overflow crowd at Colleyville Heritage, Doe singled in the bottom of the eighth to score pinch runner Jonathon Figueroa from third.

Poteet (32-4) won the one-game playoff to advance to next week's state tournament in Round Rock. It will be the program's first state appearance.

Highland Park pitcher Evan Blakeley (8-2) had dominated Poteet after the third inning, when he allowed three runs. After giving up back-to-back hits to start the eighth, Blakeley recorded his ninth strikeout just before Doe went to the plate.

"I wanted to go up there," Doe said. "He [Blakeley] had good stuff, but all you've got to do is just put it in play."

Highland Park (33-10) put the ball in play plenty against Nowell (16-0) who gave up 10 hits. Nowell, who said he struggled with his velocity, served up a two-run homer to Dutch Crews in the fourth.

Crews knocked in another run in the fifth to tie the score at 3-3.

Nowell walked four, one of them intentionally, and rung up just four strikeouts. However, two of the strikeouts came in the critical eighth,when Nowell began to find a groove.

"I couldn't locate anything," Nowell said. "But my defense helped me."

Poteet, playing errorless ball, came up with a huge defensive play in the seventh, turning a double play with Crews in the on-deck circle.

The play meant Crews, who had three RBIs at that point, batted with the bases empty. He flied out to right.

Poteet coach Bobby Doe had relievers warmed up when Nowell walked the leadoff batter in the eighth. Doe, whose son had the game-winning hit, stuck with his ace.

Nowell responded by striking out two of the next three and coaxing a roller to first.

"He [Nowell] said he was fine," Doe said. "I just felt like we were going to score sometime."