It was a rare sight on the scoreboard, a lot of zeroes, at the Texarkana Twins-Victoria Generals game Saturday evening at George Dobson.
Each team scored a run in the first inning, and it wasn't until the bottom of the ninth that decided the game when Christian Boulware singled home the winning run for a 2-1 victory.
With the victory, the Twins (23-25) took the first of the best of three series, and if they won Sunday will advance to the championship series against Brazos Valley-Acadania winner.
If Victoria won Sunday, a third game will be played tonight at Victoria a 7:05 p.m.
Texarkana's Colton Davis and Victoria's Matthew Swick put up all the zeroes on the scoreboard. Davis went the distance, allowing seven hits while throwing 130 pitches.
The Generals' first run came from its first batter. Tanner Roach singled, then stole second and third base, and scored on Coby Potvin's single.
The Twins' run also came from its leadoff batter, Reese Durand. He drew a base on balls and soon stole second. After two outs, J.J. Flores singled home Durand.
Texarkana had a few chances to score, putting two runners on base in the third and fourth innings.
Victoria (34-19) had a scoring opportunity in the eighth inning.
Potvin reached on an error, and Marshall Skinner drilled a pitch to deep centerfield where Durand made a leaping catch at the wall that would have scored Potvin.
Texarkana also missed an opportunity in the bottom of the eighth. They received three walks, but also three batters struck out.
Generals' pitchers recorded 13 strikeouts during the contest.
In the bottom of the ninth, Durand drew a one out walk and Ryne Randle singled. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Lee Thomas struck out.
Flores, who came into the contest with a .433 batting average, was intentionally walked, bringing Boulware up to bat. He lined the first pitch for a single to left field for the winning run.
Mike Manetta led the Twins' attack with a single and triple.
Victoria 100 000 000 — 1 7 1
Texarkana 100 000 001 — 2 6 1
Matthew Swick, Seth Campbell (8). Zach Smith (9) and Marshall Skinner. Colton Davis and Harrison Engstrom. WP Davis (5-2). LP Smith.