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Timberview completes sweep of defending 5A champion Lewisville despite loss of star pitcher to injury
LEWISVILLE — Mansfield Timberview overcame the loss of one of the state’s top pitchers and scored six runs in the final two innings to eliminate defending Class 5A softball state champion Lewisville on Saturday.
Senior Maddie Munoz supplied a two-run single in the top of the seventh of an 11-9 victory that gave Timberview a two-game sweep of the best-of-3 5A Region I quarterfinal series. Timberview (27-6) will play Richland in the regional semifinals.
Timberview sophomore Mayriah Brown took over for injured starting pitcher Mariah Denson, an Oklahoma State pledge who was in the dugout with a boot on an injured left ankle.
Normally an outfielder, the soft-spoken Brown steadily threw strikes despite some Lewisville rallies and some shaky defense behind her. In the end, Brown coaxed a flyout to center with the tying runs in scoring position for the final out.
“I knew my team would support me,” Brown said. “And I wanted to step up for them.”
Denson (23-3), a sophomore, left Friday’s Game 1 in the top of the seventh with an ankle injury, and Brown came in for the final two outs of a 3-1 victory. Timberview coach Donya Mooney said Denson was still being evaluated to see if she could return in the playoffs.
Timberview trailed 9-5 before tying the score with a four-run sixth inning. Helped by three walks, Timberview pulled within 9-8 on a two-run single by senior Ashley Timmons and tied the score on a hard single to left by junior Alex Taylor.
In the top of the seventh, a pair of walks led to Munoz’s two-run single up the middle for a two-run lead. Eight Timberview hitters either scored or drove in a run.
Lewisville (28-9) had to replace starting pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch — an LSU pledge who had a wrist injury — after Timberview took a 3-0 lead on a three-run double by Ashley Timmons.
Lewisville regained momentum with three runs in the bottom of the first, keyed by run-scoring singles by Megan Haggard and Kacie Saucedo, and took a 7-5 lead in the second with a three-run double by senior Miranda Worthington.
The lead expanded to 9-5 before Timberview’s rally in the final two innings.
“We should have never let them get back in,” Lewisville coach Lori Alexander said. “But we didn’t make some plays we normally make. It’s disappointing. It’s heartbreaking. It’s a shame teams as good as these two had to meet so early in the playoffs.”