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Softball roundup: Maribeth Gorsuch’s arm, power pace Lewisville win; Pilot Point's Skylar Cagle throws one-hit shutout
TROPHY CLUB — Lewisville freshman Maribeth Gorsuch hit a first-inning home run and pitched five strong innings Thursday in a 3-1 victory over Flower Mound Marcus in the opener of a best-of-3 Class 5A Region I final.
Lewisville took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with Gorsuch’s two-out, line-drive 230-foot homer to left. Kacie Saucedo singled up the middle to drive in a pair of runs in the fourth and give Lewisville a 3-0 lead.
Marcus got an RBI triple by Ashley Hardin in the top of the seventh, but the rally ended there.
Lewisville (28-12) has won nine consecutive playoff games in a school-best playoff run. Marcus (31-8-1) lost Game 1 in playoff series with Mansfield Timberview and Keller but still advanced as it tries to reach the state tournament for the first time since 2007.
Game 2 will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Trophy Club Byron Nelson. It will be the sixth game this postseason in which a loss would end the season for Marcus.
Marcus, which swept the regular-season series with District 5-5A rival Lewisville, left nine runners on base. Lewisville started senior Chloe Campise, who threw a lot of off-speed changeups, and relieved with Gorsuch, who throws 60 mph and has a substantial differential on the changeup.
Gorsuch allowed just one run. She struck out five and got a standout play from third baseman Megan Haggard, who made a diving catch in the sixth.
Marcus starter Hannah Null, an Abilene Christian signee, struck out 14 and allowed only three hits.
Pilot Point 4, Brock 0: All-state pitcher Skylar Cagle threw a one-hit shutout and struck out 16 as Pilot Point (37-2-1) won Game 1 of a best-of-3 Class 2A Region II final.
Pilot Point is one win away from its first trip to the state tournament since 2005. Game 2 is at 7 p.m. Friday at Saginaw Chisholm Trail.
For the second straight playoff series, Cagle was one strike away from a series-opening no-hitter. But a bloop single by Mikayla Smith with two outs in the seventh inning spoiled Thursday’s no-hit bid.
Cagle, a Northwestern State signee, also went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Leadoff hitter Natalie Larson was 3-for-4, scored a run and drove in one for the state’s top-ranked 2A team.
Pilot Point scored a run in the first, then used two singles and a walk to plate two more runs in the second inning.
Brock was without third baseman Sierra Bradshaw. Bradshaw, who bats in the middle of the order, was injured in a car accident last Sunday night and is unavailable for the series.
Ben Baby from the Denton Record-Chronicle contributed to this report.