Leeper Shuts Down Marcus
May 24, 2013 05:59PM
● By Mike
by Robert Halliman
The stage was set and the stars were aligned at Dragon Baseball stadium in Southlake last night as two of the top ranked teams in the state of Texas the Southlake Carroll Dragons (33-4-1) and Flower Mound Marcus Marauders (32-7) squared off in Game 1 of the 5A Regional Playoff’. A rematch of last year’s bi-district round of the playoffs, that saw a victorious Dragon team take a series in three games over last years senior laden Marauders. The Dragons looked the part of team trying to continue its quest to a state title cruising to a 5-2 win over the Marauders after sweeping Midland in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs last week.
For a team whose pitching staff posted a 1.71 ERA and 15 shutouts throughout the year, the script seemed to have written itself yet again Thursday night. The Dragons— ranked no. 4 in the Nation by Baseball America thanks to great pitching, quality defense and active bats resurfaced in a game that never really seemed in doubt. Carroll was led by, sophomore pitcher Ben Leeper whose fastball hummed its way to a complete game, and seven strikeouts against an offensively talented Marcus squad.
The Dragons got off to a fast start in the first inning putting pressure on Marcus sophomore pitcher Jack Cushing from the get go, scoring three of their first five runs in the inning. Third baseman and Texas A&M Football signee Kenny Hill started things off with an RBI single, followed by a two run single batted in by catcher Nic Motley. Marcus eventually responded with two runs in the third sparked by Catcher Matt Bernstein’s two run double that put Marcus one run behind the Dragons but, that wasn’t enough as the Dragons bats came back to life adding two more runs in the fifth behind a single by Hayden Zier and a sacrifice fly from Chris Altimont.
Southlake Carroll will be looking to close out the series away from home tonight against the Marauders with ace pitcher and TCU signee Tyler Alexander (12-0) 0.65 ERA on the mound.