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Marshall Mavs beat Carthage, fall to Texas High

By Nathan Hague
March 16, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Marshall's baseball team was went 1-1 over the course of the last couple days, falling short Tuesday in the district opener against the Texas High Tigers, 3-2, before pulling out a 6-5 road win over the Carthage Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon.

The Mavs are now 10-6 overall.

Wednesday's game went nine innings. Jake McMullen went 1-for-3 with two runs. Cameron Haller went 1-for-3 with one run and three RBI. Trevor Clark finished 1-of-3 with one RBI. Nathan Hicks was walked twice and scored one run. Ty Kirkland finished by going 2-for-4. Hunter Neal went 1-for-3 with two runs. Michael Crutcher pitched six innings, allowing no runs on just two hits and struck out three batters.

The win came just hours after losing the district opener at home to Texas High.

"I was just a good baseball game," Marshall head baseball coach Derek Dunaway said of Tuesday night's game despite the loss. "They had their No.1 going, Colby Adkins, he's a good pitcher and he had good stuff last night. I thought we battled. We hit a lot of hard balls right at people. Kirkland started and gave us a chance to win.

"The downfall was he walked six guys but they didn't hit the ball hard off him, except for one. He threw one bad pitch the whole game and the guy hit a two-run home run. I thought we played pretty good defense. We had one little miscue in the first inning that cost us a run. It was just a good high school baseball game where we just fell short."

Each team finished with five hits. Haller went 1-for-3 with one run. Roberson went 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Kirkland finished 2-for-3. McMullen went 1-for-4. Kirkland was the starting pitcher as he threw four-and-one-third inning, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out four batters.

Neal relieved him, pitching two-and-two-thirds innings, allowing two hits.

"They scored a run in the first inning and then we scored two in the bottom of the fourth and then they came back and hit a two-run home run in the fifth," Dunaway added. "We had men on second and third with an out in the seventh and we couldn't get them in."

The Mavs will return to action Friday when they travel to Sulphur Springs to take on the Wildcats.

"They had a lot of young guys last year so they'll have a bunch returning," Dunaway said of his next opponent. "They're well coached. The center fielder was a really good player for them last year. They've scored a lot of runs. They beat Pine Tree last night. They scored 13 runs I think.

"It looks like they're pretty hot right now."

First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.



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