Timberview softball blanks Flower Mound Marcus behind strong performance from freshman pitcher Mariah Denson

FORT WORTH — Mariah Denson welcomed the unusually cold, blustery and rainy May weather that smothered the area Thursday night.

Mansfield Timberview’s freshman pitcher tossed six shutout innings en route to a 2-0 victory against Flower Mound Marcus in Game 1 of a Class 5A Region I area round series at Brewer High School.

“I was thinking that it’s hot [outside)] when it’s really cold,” Denson said of her mind-set.

Denson struck out seven batters and gave up three hits and two walks in the victory. She allowed only one runner to reach third base, when Jordan Gundersen stroked a two-out triple in the fifth.

Denson’s counterpart in the circle, Marcus pitcher Hannah Null, was unlucky to come away with a loss. She struck out 11 batters, allowed three hits and gave up two unearned runs in the fourth inning.

The senior pitcher gave up a one-out double to Denson in the fourth. Maddie Munoz hit what should have been a routine groundball. A pair of errors on the play allowed her to run all the way around the bases.

Null started Thursday’s game after throwing back-to-back no-hitters in a bi-district sweep of Colleyville Heritage.

“These are two of the best pitchers in the state going head-to-head,” Timberview coach Donya Mooney said. “Our hope was to put the ball in play and see what happened.”

Marcus (25-5) and Timberview (24-4-1) will meet again at 7:15 p.m. Friday for Game 2 of the series.

If a Game 3 is needed, it is scheduled for noon Satuday at Colleyville Heritage.

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