Written by Corbett Smith
Arlington Martin ace strikes out 12, leveling series to deciding game
COPPELL — In the playoffs, Arlington Martin coach Curt Culbertson used his ace Nick Hendrix in Game 2 starts.
“He’s the guy that’s either going to close out a series for us or going to get us to a Game 3,” Culbertson said.
Facing elimination after a loss on Thursday, Martin got just what it needed from the senior lefty. A Duke signee, Hendrix struck out 12 as Martin beat Hurst L.D. Bell, 6-1, leveling the three-game Class 5A Region I semifinal series. The deciding game will be at 7:30 Saturday at Coppell Baseball Complex.
“I struggled with my control in two first innings and had three walks,” Hendrix said. “But after that, we scored one in the second, and three in the third, and that kind of got us rolling.”
“Outstanding” is how Culbertson described Hendrix’s performance; Hendrix got more effective as the game went on, striking out seven in the last three innings.
Martin (33-4-1), held in check by L.D. Bell’s Blake Henderson in Game 1, scored in four consecutive innings.
Martin catcher Collin Lawrence hit a home run in the second, and eight batters came up to the plate in the third, stringing together a series of hits to get an early lead off of L.D. Bell starter Bryce Kidwell.
“That’s kind of been the way we’ve been scoring runs,” Culbertson said. “We’ve been bunching runs together. … We had some good quality at-bats, and got runners in scoring position and tonight, we came up with some hits.”
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