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Mustangs want to start holiday with win

MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School baseball team earned the two victories it needed most.

Now the Mustangs (8-10, 2-1 in District 25-4A) set their sights on what head coach David Norwood called the league’s two most talented teams.

Marble Falls will host Pflugerville Hendrickson (14-2, 3-0 in district) 7 p.m. Thursday at Scearce Baseball Field, 2101 Mustang Drive. The game was moved because of the Friday holiday.

IN PHOTO: Marble Falls High School senior Tyler Kelly steps away from a ball in the win against Lampasas. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

On the following Tuesday, the Mustangs will welcome Lake Travis.

The Mustangs are riding a two-game winning streak thanks to crushing Killeen High, 6-0, and dismantling Lampasas, 21-2.

Against the Badgers, Marble Falls recorded 15 hits, 19 RBIs and were walked five times.

Senior Turner McQuaide hit a three-run homer in the first inning.

Norwood called the victory a complete performance, noting his players made routine plays and heeded instructions for hitting middle and away at the plate.

Looking forward, he was not sure who will start at pitcher against Hendrickson, But he has several options, the coach said.

“(Sophomore Derek) Steffek and (junior Brian) Hicks are ready,” Norwood said. “It could be a situation where we use several pitchers.”

Hicks (3-2) was on the mound against Killeen High, where he pitched all seven innings and recorded eight strikeouts.

He has an ERA of 3.09 with 33 strikeouts and 14 walks.

Steffek (1-2) has been used in several games. He has an ERA of 2.72 with 12 strikeouts and eight walks.

Norwood said he likes where the team is right now, so coaches will not do anything differently.

The Mustangs were going to compete in their intersquad scrimmage Wednesday, which is a weekly tradition.

On Thursday during the class period they will play Wiffle ball, an activity they do on game days to relax and focus on the opponent.

“We’re concerned about playing good baseball,” the coach said. “If we play good baseball, we’ll have a chance.”

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