Lions split district wins as season winds down
By Alonzo Garza
The Lions traveled to Canyon last week and played a tough game against the Cougars.
Lockhart got off to a great start scoring two hits and two runs in the first inning. Unfortunately, it seems the stars were not lined up in their favor so all three hits in the game happened in the first two innings and absolutely nothing posit
ive came after that.
“We played a pretty good game but our bats went cold after the second inning,” said Head Baseball Coach Mark Elder. The Lions lost to the Cougars with a score of 7-2.
According to Elder, it was Canyon”s pitcher, Trent Irwin, who kept the Lions “off balance” for the rest of the game.
“The sixth-ranked team in the state showed us why they are ranked so high,” he said. “Canyon gave Michael Schulle his first loss in district play and hit two homeruns.”
It is true that the Cougars are formidable competitors. Canyon is only one game behind Hays with an 8-1 record placing them second in district.
Lockhart”s district record after the Canyon game went to 3-6 placing them fourth. Lion”s overall record is 10-12.
“Friday the 13th” turned out to be a lucky day for the Lions, who played against the Steele Knights at Lion Field last week and won 6-5.
Lockhart scored first with four runs in the second inning. The Knights did not score until the fourth inning when they brought in three runs. The Lions answered with another run in the fifth inning, only to have the Knights respond with two in the sixth, tying the score.
The game remained deadlocked until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Landon Buckner came through with an RBI single to win the game.
“We did what we needed to do to win the game,” Elder said.
The Lions had a total of 10 hits. Three hits came from Jacob Castillo and two came from Steven Crider. A.J. Crider pitched for five innings and came out scoring the tie leaving the score at 5-5. Jimmy Mendez came in and held the Steele Knights back and kept them scoreless for two innings. In the end, Michael Schulle, who has officially accepted an invitation to pitch for Midland College, came in during the eighth inning and received the win for the Lions. Schulle”s record is now 6-3. The Lion”s district record is now 4-6 and their overall record is 11-12.
The Lions will play against the Clemens Buffaloes at Lion Field at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20. See you at the game.