Texas High had to play this one from behind.
The Tigers opened up District 16-5A play and Marshall trailed early before rallying for eight unanswered runs for an 8-2 win Tuesday at Tiger Field.
Walker Davis improved to 6-0 on the hill and needed 93 pitches to work the complete game for Texas High (12-2). Davis scattered six hits, struck out five, walked one and hit one.
Trevor Clark reached the maximum 110 pitches in 5 2-3 innings for Marshall. Clark gave up seven hits and seven runs—all earned—with six strikeouts, four walks and a hit batsman.
"The front part of the game as far as getting guys on base, we are very good at it," Texas High head coach John McClure said. "I think in the first two or three innings, we were a little wide-eyed. We swung at good pitches, and there was never a panic button hit. I knew eventually we'd start to get to them, and everything would go our way."
With THS down 2-1, Chris Lyles was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the fifth inning, and he stole second without even a throw on the first pitch to Jakob Hearne. Hearne belted a single to left-center to tie the game, and he stole second.
Conner Allred lined an RBI single to right field, and once the ball got past the fielder he raced all the way around on the error, giving Texas High a 4-2 lead.
In the sixth inning, the Tigers tacked on four more runs. Lyles reached first on a dropped third strike with two outs, stole second and third, scoring on a throwing error on his swipe of third.
Hearne walked, Chris Sutton beat out an infield single, and Allred ripped a two-run double over the left fielder's head. He scored on Dakota Turner's tripe to right-center field.
Kolton Roberson was hit by a pitch to start the game for the Mavericks, and he was bunted to second. Clark's soft line drive to right gave Marshall a 1-0 lead eight pitches into the game.
Clark lined a single to center field, after Cade Bickerdike legged out an infield single and stole second, to make it 2-0 in the third inning.
The Tigers had two runners in scoring position with one out in the first inning after Lyles started the inning with a single to center field, and Hearne put a well-placed hit-and-run for an infield hit. Following a strikeout, a wild pitch moved both runners up.
A walk loaded the bases, but a 6-4-3 double play ended the threat.
Texas High worked back-to-back walks to start the second inning, but Clark was able to work out of the jam with a pop up, strikeout and ground ball.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the fourth, cutting their deficit in half.
Dakota Turner grounded a hard-hit single up the middle to start the inning for THS, and pinch-runner Chris Cowan stole second base.
Cole Christen's sacrifice bunt went for a fielder's choice as Clark threw to third, late to get Cowan on a tag play, leaving runners on the corners.
Caden Dickson's sacrifice fly to right made it 2-1. Christen swiped second but never made it farther on the bases in the inning.
Turner was 3 for 4 with his triple, Allred was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI, and Hearne was 2 for 3.
Trevor Clark, Hayden Kelehan (6) and Dayton McMullen, Clark (6). Walker Davis and Caden Dickson. WP-Davis (6-0). LP-Clark.