Denton coach Nick Buck anticipated Azle would be a notable player in the tightly contested District 5-5A. With Denton opening district play with two losses, Tuesday’s game at Cotton Nix Field held relative importance for the Broncos’ district start.In a defensive chess match, the Broncos were bolstered by solid pitching from Malik Minter, who surrendered just two hits and one walk on 79 pitches, and opportunistic offense, including a four-run sixth inning in a 5-0 victory.“It feels good,” Buck said. “I wouldn’t say it was a must-win, but it was something we needed to get out of the way for us to get to where we needed to be. It’s a big win. A lot of the coaches I talked to said Azle would be the team to beat in the district. To beat them at home is great, but we still did a lot of things wrong.”The pitchers shined to start the game, with Minter surrendering just one hit in his first two innings.“We went into this game thinking we were going to run Malik out there two or three innings, get a lead and bring in [Brant] Bennett in the third or fourth, but he was pitching so well,” Buck said. “They weren’t having a whole lot of success, so we decided to leave him in there and bring in the young lefty to close.”Denton (8-6, 1-2 district) got things going in the second with Josh Chavez reaching on an infield single and Dolan Nicholson drawing a walk off Azle starter Tommy Kay. However, the Hornets (1-2 district) had an inning-ending defensive gem with a 6-4-2 double play to escape trouble.The Broncos punched in their first run in the bottom of the third. Minter reached on a walk and Denton began to play small ball. Minter stole second and reached third on an error to set up John Collins, who walked, but a wild pitch by Kay allowed Minter to score and put Denton up 1-0.“We’re going to have to find a way to get on the scoreboard first,” Buck said. “It was huge. Once we got that monkey off our back, it was a lot of relief.”After the Broncos escaped the fourth with some textbook defense on a 5-4-3 double play, Minter remained steady, striking out two to move to the sixth … – Click Here To Visit Article Source