Arlington Martin evens bi-district series with Keller

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It might not have gone exactly as planned for Arlington Martin senior pitcher Turner Larkins.

Larkins, nonetheless, pitched a five-hit shutout as Martin beat Keller 3-0 to even their Class 5A bi-district series at a game apiece.

Twice Larkins found himself in bases-loaded jams, but twice he was able to pitch his way out of the treacherous situations.

In the first, Keller (20-12-1) loaded the bases with a single, walk and hit batter with one out, but Larkins rallied, striking out the next two batters looking.

In the sixth, Larkins loaded the bases with three walks, putting the tying run on first with no outs. Larkins fanned the next batter, then induced a double play to end the threat.

Larkins threw 134 pitches, struck out nine and walked eight for Martin (23-8-1).

Further alleviating any stress, Larkins had two hits in three at-bats, including a double and an RBI.

After two slow offensive innings, Martin found traction in the third. After Trip White singled and Josh Watson doubled, third baseman Daniel Lingua singled in the first run of the game, followed by and RBI single from Larkins.

Martin’s final run came in the sixth, when designated hitter Colton Holsager drove in Larkins with a single.

From the bottom of Martin’s batting order, White went 2-for-3 with a double and a single.

Keller starter Riley Coover went the distance in Game 2, allowing all three runs, striking out four on nine hits. Coover demonstrated excellent control with a cutting two-seam fastball. He didn’t allow a walk.

The deciding Game 3 is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Grand Prairie’s QuikTrip Park.

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