JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School baseball team defeated second-place Dripping Springs 6-3 in a District 25-4A game April 8.
The Mustangs (9-8-3 overall, 4-5 district) led the entire way, plating two runs in the first, two more in the third and two in the sixth innings.
“That’s the offense we’ve been looking for,” Mustangs head coach J.T. Blair said. “That’s the way we’re capable of swinging the bat.”
The Tigers scored a run in the second, one in the fifth and took momentum when they added their final run in the sixth inning. But in the bottom of the sixth, Marble Falls senior shortstop Cullen Vaught hit a two-out, two-run double to put the game out of reach.
“That was a big one,” Blair said. “For all practical purposes, that game was over when he got the big hit.”
Dripping Springs senior pitcher Chance Callihan, who committed to the University of Texas-Austin, was on the mound.
“Our kids know the caliber of playing Callihan,” Blair said. “They were looking forward to playing him. We have a lot of respect for him. He’s been good for years.”
Mustangs senior pitcher Hunter Dooley was credited with the win, taking the mound on three days of rest.
The coach credited the pitcher for taking care of himself by adhering to a recovery program.
“He’s able to come back quickly because of the running program and how he takes care of his body,” he said. “He’s a surgeon. He’s going to come in there and throw strikes and nibble and hit the corners. Every outing he’s been great. We know exactly what we’re going to get out of him.”
ON OFFENSE: (Marble Falls) RBIs – Domenic Patterson 2, Cullen Vaught 2, Hunter Dooley 2; runs scored – Patterson 3, Carson Bowen 2, Vaught 1. (Dripping Springs) RBIs – Zak Zamora, Jared Irvine, Hunter Cmerek
ON DEFENSE: (Marble Falls) winning pitcher – Hunter Dooley, 3 earned runs off 7 hits with 4 walks, 1 hit by a pitch and three strikeouts in 5⅓ innings; Garrett Winslett, no runs on no hits with no free bases in 1⅔ innings. (Dripping Springs) losing pitcher – Chance Callihan, 6 earned runs off 7 hits with 3 walks, 3 hits by a pitch and 8 strikeouts in 5⅔ innings; Lake Dabney (signed to play with the University of Missouri), no hits with 1 walk, 1 hit by a pitch and 1 strikeout in ⅓ inning
RECORDS: Marble Falls is 9-8-3 overall and 4-5 in District 25-4A; Dripping Springs is 6-3 in district.
UP NEXT: 7 p.m. April 11, Marble Falls at Dripping Springs at the city’s Sports and Recreation Park, 27148 RR 12 in Dripping Springs
DISTRICT 25-4A STANDINGS
Cedar Park 7-2
Dripping Springs 6-3
Vista Ridge 6-3 (def. Cedar Park 7-1 on April 8)
Marble Falls 4-5
Vandegrift 4-7 (def. Rouse 13-1 on April 8)
Cedar Park softball 4, Marble Falls 2
MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School softball team lost 4-2 to Cedar Park in a District 25-4A game April 8.
The Lady Timberwolves got all the runs they needed in the second inning when Sydney Reuter hit a three-run homer.
The Lady Mustangs scored a run in the third and sixth innings and stranded six runners. The Lady Timberwolves left seven.
Marble Falls play at Cedar Park Vista Ridge on April 11 in an attempt to sweep the district series.
ON OFFENSE: (Cedar Park) home run – Sydney Reuter; RBIs – Reuter 3, Paige Parks 1. (Marble Falls) RBIs – Emilee Beuershausen 1, Amanda Thomas 1
ON DEFENSE: (Cedar Park) winning pitcher – Paige Parks, 2 earned runs off 8 hits with no walks in 7 innings. (Marble Falls) losing pitcher – Amanda Thomas, 4 earned runs off 9 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in 7 innings.
RECORDS: Marble Falls is 16-10 overall and 5-4 in District 25-4A; Cedar Park is 2-8 in district.
UP NEXT: 7 p.m. April 11, Marble Falls at Cedar Park Vista Ridge, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd. in Cedar Park
DISTRICT 25-4A SOFTBALL STANDINGS
Dripping Springs 8-1 (def. Vandegrift 8-0 on April 8)
Leander 8-2 (def. Rouse 3-2 on April 8)
Marble Falls 5-4
Vista Ridge 5-4
Cedar Park 2-8