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Small ball helps Southlake Carroll level series with Arlington Martin, 2-0
FORT WORTH — Southlake Carroll survived elimination games in the first four rounds and gladly will take a shot at a fifth elimination game after a 2-0 victory over Arlington Martin in Game 2 of a best-of-3 series in the Class 5A Region I final.
The deciding Game 3 will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at TCU.
Carroll (25-12-1) got one-hit pitching from left-hander Greg Maisto and a two-out RBI double from Kenny Hill in the top of the first, then held on before 2,015 at Lupton Stadium.
Carroll, which executed four sacrifice bunts from four players, also had a stolen base from Hill in the top of the sixth to set up a sacrifice fly for the final run.
In the top of the first, Carroll leadoff hitter Chris Altimont walked and reached second with a sacrifice bunt by Kansas State signee Ben Sego. With two outs, Hill lined a double to left field.
Maisto allowed Martin only an infield single by junior DH Anthony Lyons in the fourth.
Martin missed its best opportunity to score in the third inning with the bases loaded on two walks and an error. Carroll senior center fielder Tyler Barnes chased down a 380-foot out on a line drive by Martin’s Mitchell Peck.
“Tyler has been our defensive player of the year,” Carroll coach Larry Hughes said. “We’ve got good pitching, but we still have to make the plays behind them.”
Martin (35-5-1) stayed close behind Duke signee Nick Hendrix (9-2), who allowed just four hits. Martin’s defense shined as it did in a 7-3 Game 1 victory. Martin threw out its second runner of the series at home when Carroll tried to score from second on an infield hit.
For Carroll, Maisto (9-2) has been integral in best-of-3 playoff series wins over Flower Mound Marcus and El Paso Montwood and single-game playoff wins over Grapevine and Flower Mound.
Besides the bases-loaded jam in the third, Maisto didn’t allow another Martin runner past first.
“You have to be confident. You can’t be nervous. You can’t listen to the fans,” said Maisto, who has committed to Texas A&M.