Arlington Martin baseball duo enjoy playing in North Texas all-star game

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Despite having their season end Friday in the Class 5A state semifinals, two Arlington Marin players continued their high school career for one more game Sunday.

Martin catcher Matt Waller and outfielder Anthony Lyons competed for the West team in the North Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game, played Sunday at QuikTrip Park.

The West lost 7-3 to the East, which comprised Dallas-area players, in the nine-inning showcase, but the score was of little consequence to the Martin duo.

“It’s always nice just to take a tone down from being so competitive and just go out and be able to relax and really have some fun,” Waller said. “It was a good way to end up my high school baseball career.”

Lyons, who entered the game in the seventh inning, knocked in two runs on a double to the center field wall in his first at-bat. The shot came two innings after Mackay Jacobsen of Flower Mound drove in the West’s first run on an error by the East .

Lyons’ approach to the all-star game was simply to have fun in the stress-free environment and take his hacks.

“I just really came out here swinging the bat,” Lyons, a Texas Tech signee, said. “I just wanted to see a ball and hit a ball. I had a little luck and it went far.”

The game sped through the first four innings in a scoreless pitchers’ duel, with starter Zach Kornely of Grapevine and Austin Pryor of Richland on the mound for the West.

Three straight doubles in the top of the fifth inning drove in the East’s first three runs of the game, giving the Dallas-area all-stars a lead they would not relinquish.

The East added four runs in the sixth and one in the eighth on nine total hits. The West committed four errors, leading to four unearned runs.

The West totaled 10 hits in the game, including doubles from Lyons, Waller, Corey Pickens of Mansfield Summit, Clint Harris of Mansfield and Austin Huckaba of Irving Nimitz.

Waxahachie’s David Martinelli of the East picked up game MVP honors, going 2 for 5, including a double and three RBIs.

Keller Fossil Ridge shortstop Sheldon Neuse, longtime friends with Martinelli, was happy to see the left-handed designated hitter earn the award.

“I was very happy for him and I expect big things from him in the future,” Neuse, who went 1 for 5 with a single, said.

Much more important to the players than their performance on the field was the fun they experienced with players who had been foes for the majority of their careers. For Waller, it was a chance to see a few more great pitching arms the Metroplex offers.

“I’m so used to … our guys,” Waller said. “It was a good mix to be able to see other guys and see other pitchers.”

For Martin’s two All-Stars, it was the perfect way to turn a sour ending into a sweet memory of high school baseball.

“I think it was great — one more game after the state loss was something to look forward to,” Lyons said.

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