Marble Falls wins opener, 9-0
April 12, 2013, 11:00 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
The rivalry between Marble Falls and Dripping Springs has heated up.
On Friday night, the two baseball teams will meet for a second time with the leadership in the District 25-4A on the line.
Expect the normal chatter coming out of the dugouts to be curtailed Friday at Marble Falls.
Earlier this week, Marble Falls scored a 9-0 win over Dripping Springs at Dripping Springs Tuesday behind a solid pitching performance from Cody Goodman and a big night from the bottom of the Marble Falls batting lineup.
On Monday night, the Dripping Springs Sports and Recreation complex was vandalized with graffitti.
That just heated up the rivalry between the only two schools from District 25-4A that are one-school towns.
The teams will take the field 7 p.m. Friday with Marble Falls looking for its 20th win of the season. Marble Falls is 19-4 overall and 11-2 in district. Dripping Springs is 10-3 in district after its opening loss to Marble Falls.
The finale of the 3-game series is 2 p.m. Saturday.
Marble Falls senior outfielder Jay Watson drove in three runs on Tuesday for the Mustangs and second baseman Mike Richardson had a big RBI single in the game.
Marble Falls led 4-0 midway through the third.
Marble Falls will come back on Friday with ace Cole Ridgely ready to go. The senior righthander has been a roll through district play.
Both teams went 2-1 last week in key series.
Marble Falls dropped its opener to Vista Ridge on Friday on the road and then came back to win a doubleheader on Saturday at Marble Falls.
Leanderís Lions salvaged a 8-5 win in Game 3 against Dripping Springs. Dripping Springs won the first two games 4-1 and 8-5.
On Saturday Marble Falls scratched and clawed to win 5-4 in the opener of the doubleheader and then put away the Rangers 7-5 in the final game of the series. Marble Falls rallied to win both games.
Ace Ridgely allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked two in picking up the first win Saturday. Ridgely had to hang on to get the win.
Marble Falls scored two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to take a 5-1 lead.
In the seventh inning, Vista Ridge got a rally going with a leadoff infield hit an hit batsman and a RBI fro the bottom three spots in the order. Leadoff Jake Hicks, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI for the Rangers.
Vista Ridge pulled to within a run, but Ridgely got out of the jam with a pair of fly outs to Jay Watson and Carson Bowen in the Marble Falls outfield.
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