CORSICANA — During two district games, Maypearl High School had a pair of dazzling pitching performance by Lonnie Brooks and Dakota Davis en route to an undefeated start.
After the third, it was Maypearl's daring duo that stole the proverbial show.
The (6-6, 3-0) Panthers remained unbeaten in 17-3A play and in the running for the district's top spot after dispatching Mildred High School 5-1 Tuesday at Eagle Field.
Behind lead batters Brooks, Davis and Tanir Horton, who finished 4-for-4, 2-for-4 and 2-for-4 from the plate respectively, Maypearl turned 11 hits into five runs. Luis Dermas, Cole Maxwell and Kenneth McGinn supplied the remaining three hits and Brooks (2), Horton (1) and Maxwell (1) each had a RBI.
The Maypearl offense has scored 29 runs in the last 21 innings and allowed only three.
While the Panthers scored two runs in the first and one each in the third, sixth and seventh innings via a pair of Brooks' singles, Davis' first-inning steal of home and a Maxwell bunt, their pitching duo held Mildred scoreless for the first five innings.
Brooks (2-0), the winning pitcher, threw 105 pitches and struck out six batters, walked two and allowed five hits in six innings. During his one inning of work, Davis struck two of the three batters he faced.
The two combined for a 67.2 strike rate, forced seven groundouts and five flyouts. They also allowed only 10 quality at-bats in the Eagles had in 26 appearances at the plate from Dalton McCluney (3), Jeremy Humphries (2), Kolten Neault (2), Jake Harvell, Wesley Huitt and Gian Jiminez.
Humphries, who helped score Mildred's only run after his bottom-of-the-sixth-inning triple, joined McCluney, Jimenez, Harvell, Neault and Jacob Thomas as the only Eagles to reach base.
Thomas, Mildred's ace, and Jimenez, the team's primary reliever, combined for seven innings of work and struck out eight batters, walked six, committed five errors and allowed five runs on 11 hits in the process.
Maypearl will look to make a move toward claiming sole possession of the District 17-3A lead when they face Rio Vista High School at 7 p.m. Friday at Maypearl Panther Field. The (0-2) Eagles suffered back-to-back losses to Blooming Grove and Grandview High Schools.