ARLINGTON, Texas -- Southlake Carroll crushed the ball at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Thursday, powering past L.D. Bell 17-3.
Nine Dragons players had multiple hits in a game, and two of them knocked in three RBIs. Second baseman Darien McLemore, son of former Rangers second baseman Mark McLemore, lead the charge, going 2-4 with three runs and three RBIs. As a team, the Dragons went 18-36 with 15 RBIs and only struck out three times.
“We’ve got a good offense and, you know, if you’re not pitching real sharp and hitting spots, we can really drive the ball and hit it pretty hard. We did that today,” Dragons head coach Larry Hughes said.
Southlake scored one in the first and third then hit the accelerator in the final three innings, scoring three, seven and five runs, respectively, to end the game.
The impressive fact behind the Dragons' offensive production was that Hughes started many second-string players and had a rotation of players coming in and out of the game, yet Southlake still put a hurting on a strong L.D. Bell squad.
“In this particular game, we want to get everyone on the field,” Hughes said. “It gives everyone an opportunity for everybody to get some action. To play at a place like this -- it’s a neat experience for the guys, really.”
After the game, Hughes found it difficult to name just one or two players whose efforts stood out because of the overall success of his entire team.
Southlake pitcher Brody Toal had a stellar outing, throwing three innings in relief, allowing no runs and one hit while fanning six.
L.D. Bell’s only bright spot on offense was a solo shot from Oklahoma commit Hunter Lockwood over the left-field wall in the top of the sixth.
With a 13-4 start to the Dragons season, 2-0 in district, Hughes said he was optimistic about the way his team is playing.
“We’ve played good baseball. We’ve had a good start to the season and are playing really good. I’m really happy with them.”