Arlington Martin takes series after Game 1 wake-up call

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When Arlington Martin found itself down 1-0 in its best-of-three bi-district series, losing to Keller 12-1, it was a wake-up call for senior Daniel Lingua.

Martin coasted through the end of district play and that momentum was assumed through the beginning of the playoffs.

“We saw good pitching and it was a wake-up call and we had to make an adjustment after the first game,” he said.

After that loss, Lingua went to coach Curt Culbertson’s office and requested he get the starting nod for Martin in Game 3, though he hadn’t started a game since before district play.

His confidence paid off as Martin took Game 3 from Keller 5-1 at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, clinching the Class 5A series.

Lingua (2-2) went the distance for Martin (24-8-1), allowing one earned run on five hits.

“I’m glad he asked for it, and I’m glad we went with the decision to go with him,” Culbertson said.

Lingua also drove in two runs. Tony DeFilippo went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Two doubles in the second, the second by DeFilippo, accounted for Martin’s first three runs. The next two were posted in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Lingua.

Keller’s (20-13-1) lone run was driven in on a single by Hunter Seay in the top of the fourth.

Almost as important as the win was Lingua’s efficient work on the mound, which allowed Martin’s seniors the chance to scurry out of the dugout, tuxedo bags in hand, and catch up with their prom dates Saturday night to help celebrate the victory.

“I could dance a little longer after a win,” Culbertson said with a laugh.

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