HURST — The Hurst L.D. Bell Blue Raiders edged Euless Trinity 5-4 on senior night to open up a two-game lead over its rival for the final playoff spot in District 6-5A.
The win also keeps Bell (12-16, 7-4) within a game of third-place Irving Nimitz, which it plays next week.
Were just trying to get us a playoff spot right now, Bell baseball coach Paul Gibson said. Tonights win was big because it gives us the tiebreaker on these guys and it definitely has us going in the right direction.
Ben Stapp staked the Trojans (5-6 in District 6-5A) to a 1-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring single to right field, which drove in Matt Munoz from second. Bell senior leadoff man Sydney Daley roped a homer over the left-field wall on the second pitch he saw to tie it before the Raiders added two more runs in the inning.
The Raiders added another run in the second to take a 4-1 lead.
Bell starting pitcher Blake Henderson settled down to retire seven consecutive batters before Trinitys Cody Kersten scored in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-2. Henderson picked up a big strikeout to end the threat in the fourth with the Trojans stranding runners on second and third.
Henderson retired the first two Trinity batters in the fifth on three pitches but Bell committed three errors in the inning, which led to a pair of runs to tie the game at 4-4. Henderson was pulled in the sixth after 105 pitches and was relieved by junior Owen Rake, who came in with a runner on third and two outs.
Rake rung up the first of his three strikeouts to send the game to the bottom of the sixth inning. Bell retook the lead for good in the sixth on an infield chopper by Leo Ocampo, which scored pinch runner Jordan Satterwhite as he hustled from second to score on the play.
Rake retired the Trojans in order and picked up two more strikeouts in the top of the seventh to grab the win.
I wanted to do it for the seniors out there, for the seniors on the team because I want them to go out with a bang, Rake said. You dont do it for yourself, you do it for the team.
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