Freshman's shutout pitching carries Lewisville past Marcus, to first state softball berth

TROPHY CLUB — Behind a shutout from freshman pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch, Lewisville defeated Flower Mound Marcus, 4-0, in Game 3 of the Class 5A Region I final Saturday.

Lewisville (29-13) advanced to the state tournament for the first time in softball and is the first Lewisville team to reach a state tournament since 1999.

Marcus defeated Lewisville, 5-2, in Game 2 earlier Saturday to force a final game in the best-of-3 series.

Lewisville broke a scoreless tie with a three-run third inning in Game 3. Gorsuch, who had been used in relief during the playoffs, threw her first complete game of the postseason.

“To lose [Game 2] and come back the way we did just tells you the true heart of these kids,” Lewisville coach Lori Alexander said. “I’ve said that all year, [Gorsuch] doesn’t play like a freshman. You have to give it to all of them. They just seem to have an energy and a feel that they have each other’s back.”

In the third inning, singles by Gaby Vasquez and Gorsuch loaded the bases after a walk to leadoff hitter Selena Garcia. Gorsuch’s grounder up the middle looked as if it would open the scoring, but a diving stop by Marcus shortstop Danielle Warne set up a bases-loaded, one-out duel between Marcus pitcher Hannah Null and Lewisville’s No. 4 hitter, junior Miranda Worthington.

Worthington won that battle, drawing a run-scoring walk. A passed ball gave Lewisville a 2-0 lead, and Emily Lasky hit a single to center to drive in the third run.

An Abilene Christian signee, Null had nine strikeouts and gave up only four hits in her Game 2 victory.

To tie the series, Marcus’ Warne had a two-run double and Marcus added an RBI single from Madison Greenwell in a four-run second inning.

“They did everything we asked of them in a very emotional game,” Marcus coach Christy Tumilty said. “There is a lot of pressure on them out there, and they stayed calm. They did their very best, and I’m very proud of them.”

A 5-10 right-hander, Gorsuch used her fastball and changeup to throw 11 scoreless innings in games 2 and 3.

Gorsuch allowed only one run in pitching the final five innings to get the victory in Game 1.

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