L.D. Bell’s patience results in rout of rival Euless Trinity

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Patience was a lesson well demonstrated in Hurst L.D. Bell’s 6-0 win over Euless Trinity on Tuesday.

It was a patient approach at the plate, working the count and taking pitches that allowed Bell (20-6, 8-3 District 6-5A) to quickly get on Trinity starting pitcher Reeder Mengwasser.

After scoring a run in the first inning, Bell strung together at-bats of anywhere from six to nine pitches as it drove in five runs in the top of the second.

Bell center fielder Mason Peterson started the carousel by driving in the first run of the second inning on a double.

Bell loaded the bases, and Mengwasser hit a batter to score a run and was pulled for reliever Preston Inman, who walked in a run. Matt Molina followed with a single that drove in two.

Bell coach Paul Gibson agreed his team’s approach in the first few innings created the early rally against their rival Trinity (17-9-1, 7-4 District 6-5A).

“We obviously strung some together in the second and that helped,” he said. “That was the key offensively.”

On the mound, Bell starting pitcher Bryce Kidwell threw a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts, which Gibson said was one of his best outings of the year.

“Bryce threw a gem,” he said. “That’s a good hitting team. Shut them out and hold them to two hits, that’s a nice performance. He’s been doing that for us all year.”

Gibson found himself watching the game from outside the fence after arguing a call in the top of the second, when his runner was called out when he appeared to have beat the throw.

Gibson couldn’t remember the last time he had been tossed from a game.

“Not in a long while,” he said.

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