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Clark, Jones lift Marshall Mavericks in pair of wins

By Jack Stallard
April 18, 2017 at 4 a.m.


Gilmer's Nathan Mize and Union Grove's Tanner Stanley helped their respective teams pick up a pair of key district wins last week, and for their efforts they earned top ETvarsity.com/Best Preps honors.

Mize is the Pitcher of the Week after earning a save on Friday and a win on Saturday, and Stanley is the Hitter of the Week following a 5-for-6 showing in two games.

Mize struck out one and walked one, throwing 10 pitches on Friday in a third of an inning in a 4-3 win over Chapel Hill. On Saturday, he got the start against Gladewater and went the distance. He struck out six and walked two, throwing 62 of his 95 pitches for strikes in a 3-0, complete-game victory.

Stanley had a home run and two doubles among his five hits last week, driving in five runs in wins over Hawkins (10-0) and Big Sandy (11-1).

In the game against Hawkins, he was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and fanned six, walked one and allowed just one hit in five innings to earn the pitching win.

In other outstanding performances from around East Texas in games played April 10-15 (nominated by coaches):

PITCHING

Kilgore's Collin Pippen and Javan Smitherman both pitched complete games for the Bulldogs last week. Pippen struck out seven, walked one and gave up one earned run on four hits in a win over Chapel Hill, and Smitherman fanned five, walked three and allowed one earned run on five hits in a win over Bullard.

New Diana's Jacob Burton struck out seven with no walks or runs allowed on four hits in 5.1 innings pitched against Ore City and Elysian Fields.

Beckville's Ethan Harris fanned five with three walks in a five-inning no-hitter against Harleton. Teammate Zeke Collins struck out 11, walked one and allowed no runs on four hits in a win over White Oak.

HITTING

Marshall's Trevor Clark went 3-for-7 with a double, two home runs and four RBIs, and teammate Sam Jones was 4-for-7 with three RBIs as the Mavericks notched wins over Mount Pleasant (9-4) and Sulphur Springs (5-4).

Kilgore's Harlee Biggs and Ren Reynolds were both 2-for-6, with Biggs driving in a run in two games. Teammate Elijah Williams entered the game against Bullard as a pinch runner, promptly swiping second and scoring the game-winning run in a 2-1 win. In a victory over Chapel Hill, Williams came off the bench to collect two hits and steal two more bases.

New Diana's Jacob Burton was 3-for-6 with a double, home run and three RBIs in two games. Teammate Lane Meshell and Isaiah Martinez were both 4-for-7, with Martinez driving in four runs and Meshell adding three RBIs.

Beckville's Ethan Harris finished the week 5-for-7 with a home run and two RBIs.

Hughes Springs' Riley McKinney was 6-for-8 with a double and three RBIs in two games.

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