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Arlington Martin gets jump on Southlake Carroll with 7-3 win in Game 1
FORT WORTH — Arlington Martin jumped to an early lead and survived a lightning delay as well as a pair of rally attempts to post a 7-3 victory over Southlake Carroll before 1,600 at TCU’s Lupton Stadium in the opener of a Class 5A Region I best-of-3 series. Game 2 is 7:30 p.m. Thursday at TCU.
Junior DH Anthony Lyons drove in three runs and senior catcher Collin Lawrence set up two scores with a pair of doubles. Martin (35-4-1) also used aggressive baserunning to score on a bunt single in the seventh used a rundown diversion play to get another run in the fourth.
“Every run is important, more important than an out,” Martin coach Curt Culbertson said. “Our style is to battle every at bat, but we’ve done a good job lately getting off to good starts early in games. It’s nice to get an early lead, especially when you are the visitor.”
Martin senior starter Collin Day allowed only five hits in 52/3 innings. He returned to get two outs after the delay. Senior Mike Hoffman got the final four outs — three via strikeout.
Martin was leading 4-2 in the top of sixth when a lightning alarm began a 30-minute delay. Without more lightning or rain, Martin took a 5-2 lead just moments after returning to play as junior Tyler Kendrick hit an RBI single up the middle to score pinch runner Coleman Jensen. Lawrence’s one-out double off the wall in left came as the first batter returning from the delay. Lyons tripled in a run in the top of the seventh for the final run.
Carroll (24-12-1) had pulled within 4-2 as a fifth-inning rally was keyed with back-to-back doubles by Drew Brown and Hayden Zier. But Martin got out of a jam as Lawrence pounced on a sacrifice bunt to throw out a runner at third. Day then picked off a runner at first for the second out and got the third on a strikeout. Day used only 60 pitches to get through the first five innings.
“Collin had all his pitches working around the plate for strikes,” Culbertson said. “Our defense helped him get through some spots, but I thought Collin pitched a greatgame. He told us he could pitch after the delay and he’s not the kind of kid who’d tell us that if he couldn’t.”
Carroll pulled back within 5-3 in the sixth when senior second baseman Darien McLemore homered.