Written by Michael Florek
Baseball player of the week (6/3): Arlington Martin's Turner Larkins
What he did: Battling a back strain, Larkins started Game 2 of Arlington Martin’s series with Southlake Carroll in the Class 5A Region I final. He pitched all seven innings, throwing 123 pitches, and allowed just five hits while striking out seven as Martin won, 4-1, to sweep the series.
Who is he: A 6-3 junior pitcher/first baseman.
The stats: Larkins has a 12-0 record and a 1.37 ERA. He has pitched 812/3 innings, striking out 124 and walking 29. At the plate, Larkins has a .348 average with one home run and 18 RBIs.
He said it: “I was ready for it. I wanted to be put in that situation and I was. Ultimately, the team did all the work.”
Coach said it: “He’s really good at hitting his spots, and he can throw his second pitch for a strike at any time. … He’s just a competitor. He thinks he can get you out. You put that attitude coupled with a guy that throws strikes with two pitches then it makes it pretty tough.” — Curt Culbertson
Did you know? Larkins was No. 43 on MaxPreps.com’s list of the
top 50 junior prospects. His favorites thus far are LSU, Rice, Texas and Texas
A&M. … Arlington Martin plays Fort Bend Dulles in a 5A state semifinal
Complete game, 7 hits, 1 run to force Game 3
13 strikeouts, 2 runs, 0 earned runs against Arl. Martin
Shutout, 3 htis, 11 K’s in 1-0 win to force Game 3