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Collierville fell into a 4-0 hole in the first inning of Friday's sectional game at home vs. Arlington.

The Dragons got back into the game with two runs in the bottom of the second and another in the third, but Arlington's pitching staff held Collierville in check the rest of the way to win 4-3 and deny Collierville a second straight trip to the state tournament.

Collierville (35-4-1) had its best chance to tie the game or go ahead when Mitch Austin and Francisco Cartaya each singled to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Dylin Saquic came on in relief and induced two ground balls to get out of the jam. He retired six of the next seven Collierville batters, struck out the side in the seventh and Arlington moved on to the Class AAA state tournament.

Kobe Perkins drove in two Collierville runs with a triple in the second inning. Austin singled home the Dragons' third run in the third inning.

Two errors, two singles and a walk led to Arlington's four runs in the first inning.

Jack Dougherty pitched well for Collierville, allowing just one earned run over seven innings, but took the loss. He struck out eight, walked two and allowed just three hits.

Collierville's four losses this year were all by one run and two of those came against teams (Farragut and Arlington) that will be playing in the state tournament this week. Magnolia Heights, which beat Colliervile 4-3 in March, won its seventh Mississippi state title in eight years last week.