Twin Valley tops Arlington

ARLINGTON - With two on, two out and a runner in scoring position down by one in the bottom of the seventh inning, Arlington senior catcher Alex Trayah was looking to at least even the score at seven apiece against Twin Valley High School.

After getting ahead of the count 3-0, Trayah took a questionable strike around the letters that would have loaded the bases. After waving at the next pitch, Trayah took a called third strike around the knees - much to his surprise - to end the game 7-6.

According to Arlington coach Eric Green, it wasn't the only play questioned. Two close plays at the plate were called outs, much to Green's dismay.

"It's certainly frustrating. The ones that bother me the most are the ones that can't be explained. We had two plays at the plate in the same inning, both called out," said Green. "But like I said to the kids, expect it and we can't be disappointed or we can't be surprised by it. I know they're [the umpires] out there, they're doing the best that they can, but it's definitely frustrating."

Twin Valley got things going early with a three-run first inning.

Arlington got one back in the bottom of the first when Olden Dwyer tagged up from third on a sacrifice fly by Alex Hawley.

Twin Valley tacked on another run in the second, but Arlington began to climb back into the ball game in the bottom of the third when Troy Sweet singled to right. Sweet then stole second and later took third on a failed pick off attempt, which left runners at the corners after Josh Brace walked. A ground out to second base by Chris Manfredi narrowed the gap to 4-3.

In the fourth, The Eagles bats came alive. Trayah ripped a triple down the first baseline to lead off the inning. Then Dwyer and Hawley both doubled into right center to give Arlington the 5-4 lead.

"Those guys, they're going to be the machine that gets us through the season. I'm looking [for them] to be real leaders on the team, on the field [and] off the field. I'm looking to them to drive the bulk of our production along with Troy Sweet and Josh Brace and Kyle Tamburro," said Green. "They're going to be right in the center of everything that we do."

The lead was short lived though as The Wildcats picked up two more runs in the top of the fifth.

The Eagles evened the score at six in the bottom of the sixth when Sweet hit a chopper to first that drove in Trayah.

For the Eagles, Dwyer - the game's starting pitcher - had five strikeouts in five innings pitched. Sophomore Adam Sears, who pitched the last two innings, had four strikeouts.

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