Flower Mound Marcus bats erupted in a big way Friday night, squaring the best-of-three Class 5A area-round softball series with Mansfield Timberview.
Just one night removed from being shut out, the Marauders’ offense unloaded on Timberview in a 12-0, run-rule-shortened win at Brewer High School.
The deciding Game 3 is at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Brewer.
“Our style is to be more aggressive at the plate and I thought we didn’t do that very well in Game 1,” Marcus coach Christy Tumilty said. “We had to take the approach of taking the umpire out of the game and not letting him get the chance to call balls and strikes.”
While Timberview starter Mariah Denson struggled, Marcus pitcher Hannah Null picked up right where she left off from Game 1.
This time though, she picked up the win to improve to 18-2 on the season by dominating the corners, striking out eight and giving up just two hits.
“I changed things up a little,” she said. “I wanted to be more aggressive and I could feel my fingers tonight as opposed to Game 1 when it was so cold.”
It was the Marauders’ offense, though, that came out humming right away.
Madison Greenwell singled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning before Marcus plated six runs in the second fueled by five hits and an error.
Denson, who gave up three hits and struck out seven in Game 1, was lifted after the second inning after giving up seven runs, four of them earned, and seven hits to drop to 22-3 on the season.
Marcus (26-5) kept the pressure on against Timberview reliever Ashley Tharp. The Marauders scored two more runs in the third and three in the fourth.
Marcus’ lineup had 12 hits total, two of them for extra bases.
For Timberview (24-5), it was a second straight game the Wolves struggled at the plate.
They had only two hits, but did have several deep fly balls.
“By Saturday, they will have seen me pitch three times, so I’ll work with technique and do some different things in Game 3,” Null said.
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