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Awaited showdown between Denson, Gorsuch favors Timberview ace
MANSFIELD – Mansfield Timberview scored twice in the third inning then held on after an injury to starting pitcher Mariah Denson to defeat defending state champion Lewisville, 3-1, in a Class 5A Region I quarterfinal Friday night at Timberview.
Denson (23-3), a sophomore, left the game in the top of the seventh with an ankle injury after falling behind in the count 3-1 to Lewisville batter Makayla Corbin.
She was helped off the mound and gave way to sophomore Mayriah Brown, who walked Corbin and Jessica Nelson but got out of the inning on a one-out fielder’s choice and a running catch by Mayan Meza-Tovar on a ball hit to right field.
Timberview (26-6) and Lewisville (28-8) will resume their series at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lewisville, with a third game to follow if necessary.
Timberview coach Donya Mooney said she wasn’t certain if Denson would be available for the rest of the series.
“She’s a tough kid,” Mooney said. “If she can go, she’ll go.”
Lewisville scored first in the top of the third inning when Kaylee Rodriguez singled into left, took third on a wild pitch and scored when Nelson hit a dribbler between third and short.
Denson escaped further trouble when Tommi Goodman sacrificed Nelson to second and third baseman Chelsea Luddeke charged toward home plate to snare a popup for the second out.
The inning ended when Denson snagged a hard-hit bunt attempt by Lewisville pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch and threw her out at first.
Timberview evened things up in the bottom of the inning when Maddie Munoz hit sharply to left with one out to score Baylea Higgs, who reached on the first walk awarded in the game.
Timberview took the lead later in the third when Denson singled into center field to score Munoz, who collided with catcher Megan Haggard short of home plate, got to her feet and touched home with her hands.
Lewisville threatened in the top of the fifth when Nelson was hit by a pitch with one out and Gaby Vasquez singled to center. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch with two outs, and Gorsuch grounded out to short to end the inning.
Lewisville committed two costly fielding errors on fly balls hit into the outfield as Timberview added a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Gorsuch (20-6) took the loss for Lewisville.