CROSBY — Merritt McPherson went 3 for 3 with five RBIs, including a grand slam, as Lubbock Christian High School routed Arlington Pantego Christian 16-1 in a three-inning, mercy rule victory in a TAPPS Division III state semifinal game Wednesday at Crosby High School.

 

With the win, the Eagles (17-13) advanced to the state title contest and are looking to earn their fourth straight crown and sixth in program history.

It was an efficient effort on the offensive side for the Eagles, who pounded out 10 hits which helped them build an early lead before exploding for 12 — powered by a McPherson grand slam — in the second inning to take control of the contest.

Zeke Lott and Evyn Timmons each drove in three RBIs to balance the punch in the Lubbock Christian batting lineup, while Parker Rumsey cruised by striking out three and yielding one earned run during a 61-pitch, three-inning effort. Jaden Fowler, a Texas Tech baseball signee, tallied a home run in the contest.

The Eagles are set to face off against Houston Cypress Christian (26-6) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Crosby High School.

Frenship athletes sign

WOLFFORTH — Four Tiger athletes signed letters of intent Wednesday.

Magnus McSween, the Lone Star Varsity Boys Soccer Super Team Offensive Player of the Year, signed with Lubbock Christian University. He scored 30 goals and 19 assists his senior season to help lead his team to a 25-3 record and a Region I-6A tournament appearance.

Jack Kirkpatrick inked with Sul Ross State University for baseball. He was a District 2-6A first-team selection.

Shannon Zamora pledged to Central Baptist College's cross country team and cheerleader Kendal Snuggs accepted an invitation to join Texas Tech's team.

Williams, Schlepper continue careers

Lady Westerners soccer player Vanessa Williams signed Wednesday with Wayland Baptist University.

The Pioneers went 4-13 last season.

Diving athlete McKinley Schlepper simultaneously accepted a scholarship opportunity from Lake Forest University in Chicago. The senior finished 14th at the Class 5A state meet.

Virgili stays close to home

Noah Virgili signed with the Lubbock Christian University track team Wednesday less than a week after making an appearance at the UIL state championships.

Virgili helped the Pirates' mile relay team to a first-place finish at the Region I-5A meet and a ninth-place finish at the state meet.