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Lions close season with winning record, despite season of struggles

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Lockhart baseball faced the Lehman Lobos on Friday, April 29, in their final game of the season. The Lobos jumped out to an early lead with a two-run homerun in the first. This was an unfortunate sign of things to come as they went on to score a total of nine runs. Lockhart had six hits in the game, but could not string them together when needed.

The final score was Lehman 9

, Lockhart 1.

Prior to the start of the game, the Varsity Lions took time to recognize their parents, as well as to bid farewell to graduating seniors: Brandon Martinez, Jacob Alvarez, Tyler Hoskins, Steven Lillian, Damian Natal, John Madrigal and Eli Flores. Prior to the start of the game, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by the fathers of the senior players.

Even though the season didn’t finish the way they had hoped, this was still a successful year for the team. They finished with an overall record of 13-12.

Brandon Martinez led the team in batting average with a clean .500, followed by Logan Zimmerhanzel batting .427. Martinez also led the team in RBIs, with 32, followed by Michael Miller with 27. Steven Lillian led the team in homeruns with four. Zimmerhanzel had the teams most stolen bases with 18, while Jacob Alvarez had 17. Will Clark led the team in wins, with four.

“We are going to miss this senior bunch,” Coach Gene Salazar said as the season came to a close. “They came to practice and to games ready to play with heart and passion. These seniors, along with the rest of the team, played hard to the end of every game. There were also several great individual efforts produced throughout the year.  We are definitely heading in the right direction with this program and look forward to more productive outcomes in the future. I would like to thank all the parents for being part of our baseball family and the support you have given this program.”

Lockhart will look to build off the success of this group as they prepare for next year.

(Courtesy of Chris Knox)

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