Daniel Lingua threw a two-hit shutout and added an RBI as Arlington Martin dominated Hurst L.D. Bell 9-0 on Thursday in Game 1 of their Class 5A regional semifinal series at Lupton Stadium.
Lingua (11-0) went the distance for the Warriors, striking out nine.
“I just felt good out there tonight,” the right-hander said. “I just came out and threw the ball. I let it go and let the ball do what it wanted to do, and it did the right thing tonight for me.”
The Warriors (33-7) started fast, with leadoff batter Tyler Kendrick getting hit by a pitch and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Waller.
A single by Josh Watson put runners on the corners, then Anthony Lyons looped a triple just fair down the third-base line, scoring both runners for the early 2-0 lead. Lingua followed with a single that plated Lyons.
Lingua retired the first seven batters he faced before walking Chris Adams in the third. Leo Ocampo followed with a single, but Lingua struck out the next two batters.
Martin added to its lead in the fifth. Grant Jones led off with a single and was moved to second by Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt. Waller followed with a double to score Jones and push the Warriors’ lead to 4-0.
Bell (21-22) threatened again in the fifth. Lingua walked Caleb Rose and Adams moved him to third with a double, putting runners in scoring position with just one out. But Lingua coaxed Ocampo to ground out and then struck out pinch hitter Jordan Morgan to keep the Raiders off the scoreboard.
Martin piled it on in the sixth. Henderson issued consecutive walks to start the inning before Landon Sackett laid down a successful bunt. A throwing error allowed Lingua and Andrew Dowdy to score, making it 6-0. Kendrick’s RBI single added another run.
Tyler Poda replaced Henderson on the mound for Bell, and Watson immediately singled off him to knock in another Warriors run. A wild pitch by Poda allowed Kendrick to score, giving Martin a 9-0 lead.
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