SOUTHLAKE — The old-fashioned get-em-on and move- em-around offense worked marvelously for Southlake Carroll as the Dragons took Game 1 of a Class 5A regional semifinal, beating Flower Mound Marcus 5-2 on Thursday night.
Carroll leadoff hitter Joe Heineman did his job almost perfectly, collecting three singles in his four at-bats and setting up the heart of Carrolls order to drive in the runs.
The Dragons (32-4) scored three runs, which proved to be enough, in the first inning, thanks to a Kenny Hill single, driving in one, and a Nic Motley single, sending home the other two.
Were a team which our guys get on base in front of Kenny and [Chris] Altimont and thats why they have 42 and 38 RBIs each, Carroll coach Larry Hughes said. Thats our formula for scoring runs.
Altimont picked up his RBI in the fifth inning, scoring Drew Brown on a sacrifice fly to left field that was just feet from leaving the park. Carroll would score two that inning to make up its five total runs.
Dragons starting pitcher Ben Leeper went the distance, allowing two runs on four hits, throwing 102 total pitches
Although his command went in and oute, he struck out seven, thanks to a curveball that dusted the corners throughout the game.
We were trying to locate really well because thats a good hitting team, Hughes said. He was just trying to hit good spots consistently.
Both of Marcus runs came in the third inning on a double by catcher Matt Bernstein that bounced off the right-center-field fence, scoring Austyn Laird and Ryan Vaughn.
Leeper faced one more than the minimum through the final three innings, allowing one hit and a walk.
The best-of-three series continues at 7:30 tonight at Flower Mound Marcus (33-6).
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