Marble Falls faces Alamo Heights in area round
May 10, 2013, 8:00 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls has made a living with defense and earning wins when the game is tight.
Coach J.T. Blair has his team riding momentum into the second round of the playoffs mainly because of their persistence and ability to make big plays when it counts.
The mentality will be apparent this week when the Mustang take on a veteran Alamo Heights team that was able to push across 22 runs in the two victories over District 28-4A champion San Antonio Brennan last week.
Marble Falls outfielder Jay Watson came up big against LBJ with a defensive gem in the first inning of Game 2 when he threw out a runner at third base with a strike to third baseman Cole Ridgely.
Itís that type of play that sparks teams. For Marble Falls it was a way to stem some early momentum by the Jaguars and give Marble Falls a chance to get starter Cody Goodman deeper into the game.
In a best-of-three format, the team with the best pitching has the edge. Pitching and defense canít be stressed enough.
Marble Falls three starting outfielders have had their moments.
It was Jimmy Damico that gunned down a Leander runner at home plate in Marble Fallsí
opening win over Leander in that District 25-4A series.
Marble Falls carries a 23-7 mark into Fridayís 7 p.m. opener at Marble Falls. On Saturday when they venture to San Antonio to square off with the Mules, pitching will be key again.
Marble Falls pitching options for starters are Ridgely, Cody Goodman, Garrett Winslett and Stacy Heinatz.
Alamo Heights top pitchers are Cameron Mineo, James Nittoli and Tyler Freed. All three pitched against Brennan. Mineo is the probable starter in Fridayís game.
Alamo Heights swept its series with San Antonio Brennan.
The Mules (19-9) knocked off Brennan, 14-5, in Game 1 and finished the series with an 8-5 win on Saturday in San Antonio.
Mineo pitched the opener and allowed eight hits while striking out nine Brennan players.
Tyler Freed was 4-for-6 batting in the two-game series.
In Game 2, seven players had RBI for the Mules.
Blake Klumpp is the Mules top hitter among the regulars for the season with a .373 average and 25 RBI.
Marble Falls lost to Alamo Heights last season in the area round in two straight. Alamo Heights won the opener, 4-3, and took Game 2, 10-0.
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