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Marble Falls baseball adds another district sweep, qualifies for playoffs for first time in a decade

The Marble Falls High School baseball team stomped Lago Vista 11-1 April 14 to complete the District 24-4A series sweep, the Mustangs’ second this season.

It also means Marble Falls earned a playoff berth, its first in more than a decade.

“It’s good, obviously,” head coach Tyler Porter said. “It’s what you expect. That was the expectation coming in, and I feel good about that. Our kids are proud. And nobody thinks that’s the end goal.”

That sets up a Burnet County series for first place in the district standings. Currently the Mustangs (9-2) are a game up on the Bulldogs (8-3). But Burnet beat Marble Falls in the first round. If the Mustangs can win at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, and at Bulldog Diamonds at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, they will set a course to win the district crown outright.

But if the Bulldogs win at least one of the next two games, they will win the series and both teams have a chance at being the co-district champions. If Burnet sweeps Marble Falls, the Bulldogs set their own course for being the outright district champions.

“High school sports are fun,” Porter said. “I’d want us to have to play Burnet to win it. Playing Burnet for that will be fun.”

Marble Falls still has to play Jarrell Tuesday, April 25, and Friday, April 28, in the regular season finale, while Burnet faces Lago Vista.

Both the Mustangs and the Vikings were tied at 1-1 after the first inning.

Davis Dreisbach, who was given the game ball, “broke it open,” Porter said.

With the Mustangs leading 2-1 and Dreisbach on second and another Mustang on third, the runner at third scored. The catcher made a pour throw to the pitcher, which allowed Dreisbach to run to third and keep running until he touched home plate.

“He stole another run,” Porter said. “That was a heads-up play. Sometimes you see momentum shifts. You could tell Lago Vista was in a different head space.”

Marble Falls scored three runs in the fourth, five in the fifth and two in the seventh with only seven hits. Lago Vista committed five errors.

A.J. Scovil had 2 RBIs, while Dreisbach had 1. Jake Carter had 2 hits.

Cale Cochran (5-0, 1 save in district play) struck out five in six innings for the win. Brady Elwartowski pitched in the seventh.

“Cale threw a lot of strikes, and we played defense,” Porter said. “We’ve learned that the other team getting singles isn’t a bad thing. He stays calm and goofy, and he doesn’t get rattled.”

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