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Watch as former MLB pitcher, World Series champ congratulates LD Bell coach for 500th win

Hurst LD Bell Claims Top 7-6A Playoff Spot With 6-0 Win Over Southlake Carroll

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Micah Ford and Trinity Smith combined to allow eight hits and six strikeouts as LD Bell defeated Haltom 4-1 on Tuesday night during a District 3-6A baseball game.

Tied at 1-1 in the 5th, the Raiders extended the lead to 3-1 when Eli Ford singled in a run and later scored on an error. LD Bell added another run in the 6th when Colin Ruby scored on a pass ball. Smith threw 4 innings and allowed 2 hits with 5 strikeouts.

The win gave head coach Paul Gibson his 500th career victory.

LD Bell improved to 18-8 overall and 7-2 in district, a game up for first place over Euless Trinity.

Following the game, former players, administration and some area high school coaches congratulated Gibson, who’s been coaching for 26 years, on Twitter (@LDBellBaseball), including one from former MLB pitcher Dontrelle Willis.

Willis was a 2-time all-star while playing for four teams. He won a World Series in 2003 with the Marlins and was voted NL Rookie of the Year the same season.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.