Timberview too much for rival Mansfield in shutout

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Mansfield Timberview pitcher Mariah Denson backed up her perfect game from last week with a strong outing on Tuesday.

But it was Gabby Littles who ended the night early, belting a three-run blast to complete a seven-run outburst as Timberview knocked off Mansfield 10-0 in a run-rule shortened District 7-5A game at Timberview’s field.

The effort touched off a celebration at home plate and kept Timberview (12-6, 4-0) unbeaten in district play.

It’s also the second time in a week that Littles has engineered the walkoff. She hit a grand slam last Tuesday against Duncanville for the first of her two career walkoffs.

“There’s no secret to it, I was just looking to hit a good pitch,” Littles said. “When you get good pitching like we have, it’s on us to get the hits, and we have some really good team chemistry.”

Denson worked five innings to improve to 11-2 on the season, giving up only one hit and striking out 10. She had two walks and a hit batter among 88 pitches.

On the other side, Mansfield pitcher Casey Waterman shook off a two-run first inning and gave up another run in the fourth before the flood gates opened.

The Tigers (12-3, 3-1) had five errors in the game and allowed the first two batters in the fifth to reach base.

Baylea Higgs brought home the inning’s first run with a single to left before Denson cleared the bases with a two-run triple to right center.

That chased Waterman from the game and, after Denson scored on a single and Maddie Munoz reached on error, it set up Littles’ heroics.

“That’s how it’s been for us, we’re the kind of team that can get on a roll like that,” Timberview coach Donya Mooney said. “I think the kids get really comfortable at the plate and we want them to be patient, but if it’s a pitch they can hit, they do it.”

Despite the three-run deficit entering the fifth inning, Mansfield coach Jennifer Haltom said she was pleased with how her team hung in against Denson’s pitching.

“But you can’t have five errors,” Haltom said. “She pitched a great game and it just kind of snowballed on us there at the end.”

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