CAPTION: Marble Falls senior pitcher Bryce Atkinson and the Mustangs earn another big road victory in District 24-4A. Photo by Stennis Shotts
The Marble Falls High School baseball team stomped Jarrell 10-1 April 25 to win the District 24-4A series outright and got some valuable work in key positions.
The Mustangs (20-6, 12-2 District 24-4A champions) will end the regular season against Jarrell at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Scearce Field on the Marble Falls High School campus. Before the contest, the program will honor its seniors.
Marble Falls took a 1-0 lead in the first then added a run in the fourth inning for a 2-0 advantage. The Cougars trimmed the deficit in their half of the inning.
“They threw a kid at us with a curve ball that was slower than we’re used to,” Mustangs head coach Tyler Porter said.
The Mustangs responded by plating two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh thanks in large part to 15 hits.
“We got that one and then two hits and everything went from there,” Porter said.
Cale Cochran led the offensive way with four hits followed by three apiece from Davis Dreisbach and Brady Elwartowski. They and A.J. Scovil each had 2 RBIs.
“We have nine guys who are hitting,” the coach said. “The top of our line-up didn’t do a lot. But the bottom 6-9 hitters had 7 RBIs. In baseball how good your team is is measured by the bottom of your line-up. Everybody is good 1 through 5. But it’s what can you do in the bottom of your line-up? Our 6 through 9 can pick up the slack. We have nine good kids who can hit. When you’re scoring 10 or 11 runs, seven or eight different kids are scoring those runs.”
He noted the players are embracing another key component to the team’s success.
“We want to keep the line moving,” Porter said. “We’re trying to get on base and keep the line moving.”
Meanwhile, senior pitcher Bryce Atkinson (4-1) was credited with the win thanks to striking out three in three innings. Brenton Liscum pitched two innings. Coaches decided to use four pitchers to give them live action in front of opponents to help them better prepare for the postseason.
“These games don’t matter as far as standings,” Porter said. “Bryce threw about 50 pitches, Evan Nickowski was next and threw one. Liscum is a sophomore lefty. He threw for us during tournament season. Scovil threw one inning. We’re just getting ready for the playoffs. (Starting pitchers) Cale and Bryce have been great for us. We have 21 innings. We need all our arms to be polished and ready.”
Gatesville remains in control of finishing fourth in District 23-4A with one game left in the regular season. The Hornets beat Waco La Vega 18-0 April 25 and will travel to face the Pirates Friday, April 28.
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