Trent Morrison pitched a gem, then pitched most of another one all in one game.
But his 124th pitch, the first of the bottom of the 12th inning, was blasted over the right field wall by Logan Tills, giving Mansfield Summit a 2-1 home victory over Stephenville Thursday night.
The Yellow Jackets (18-11-2) host Game 2 of the 4A Region I bi-district series - a must win for Stephenville - at 7 p.m. Friday at James T. Young Baseball Field. A Jacket win would force a decisive Game 3 at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Morrison struck out 11 batters and allowed only five hits, but three were for extra bases to lead off an inning and each resulted in a run.
The Jaguars (17-13) evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Matt Durland doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on his twin brother Sam Durland's fielder's choice grounder to second.
Summit moved ahead 2-1 in the sixth when pinch hitter Ross Roark led off with a triple. He scored on a perfect squeeze bunt by shortstop Brady Usherwood two batters later.
Stephenville stayed alive when sophomore right fielder Mookie Carlile drove a double to right to bring in junior shortstop Chase Varnado from second. Varnado reached on a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by senior first baseman Connor Washington.
The Jackets took a 1-0 lead before the sun went down. Brian Picha led off with a single in the top of the first and moved to second when he escaped a rundown on a throwing error. He scored an unearned run on Trent Morrison's double to left.
Picha had three hits to lead Stephenville at the plate.
Morrison entered the game with a 1.74 earned run average and delivered again with his seventh complete game in eight starts. His only abbreviated performance was two innings of shutout work in last week's prep game against Lorena.
It was the longest outing of the senior's career. He pitched a nine-inning complete game at Cleburne, also a loss, before district play. Morrison dropped to 6-5 on the season despite going 4-1 with five complete games in 8-4A action.
Matt Wright started for Summit and kept the Jaguars in it by scattering seven hits and striking out eight over eight innings. He fired 92 pitches.
Justin Miller replaced Wright to start the ninth and struck out seven batters over the final four innings to earn the win.
After Carlile's game-tying double, Stephenville went 0-8 with runners in scoring position. The Jackets stranded 11 in all, six of them at second or third. A Stephenville freshman was retired for the final out of an inning seven times.
Summit, the third-place finisher in District 7-4A, won for the fifth time in six games. Stephenville lost for just the second time in nine games.
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