Lions struggle in district, tourney play
By Alonzo Garza
The Lion Varsity baseball team lost to the Dripping Springs on Tuesday, Feb. 27 with a score of 15-2. The Tigers took complete control of the game and never looked back. The only real highlight of that game, for the Lions, came at the bottom of the second inning when a new hope stirred the Lions up after A. J Crider smacked a homeru
n hit to left field. Crider ran around the bases self-assured. He demonstrated tremendous class and professionalism. The rest of the Lions greeted him with a hero”s welcome at home plate while he humbly made his way through their congratulatory taps and pats. It was all down hill after that. The night grew darker and darker for the Lions as they saw their multiple errors guarantee a win for the Tigers.
The Lions had a tough time getting out of their slump. Their next game, against St. Michael”s, came on Thursday, Mar. 1. That game ended in a loss and a score of 7-5. The first game of the day was at 1 p.m. All of Lockhart”s hits and runs happened in a single inning. The third was the lucky inning for the Lions with seven hits and five runs.
St. Michael”s managed to score four runs in the fifth inning and pulled out the 7-5 win. Highlights for the night came from Jacob Castillo who had a bases loaded triple in the third inning. Castillo was also the losing pitcher. Lockhart”s record at end of game 3-4.
That same day at 4 p.m., the Lions played against Wimberley. That game went their way and the Lions won 5-4. According to Coach Elder, “It took an extra inning to finish this game.”
A.J. Crider pitched for seven innings and got the win. Michael Schulle came in and got the save in the eighth inning.
Game highlights came from Steven Crider who tripled in the sixth inning scoring the run that tied the game and Dennis Ortiz who went 3-4 with two doubles and the game winning RBI at the top of the eighth inning. Lockhart”s record at the end of the game was 4-4.
Saturday, Mar. 3 the Lions played against Shiner St. Paul and won with a score of 11-6. Clayton Shafer was the winning pitcher with six strikeouts. Landon Buckner hit a homerun and four RBIs. Doubles came from Jacob Castillo, Matthew Gallaway, Kody Zimmerhanzel, Michael Schulle and Dustin Garza with two. The Lions scored a run in all but the second inning.
“They still need to work on their defense,” Coach Elder said. “The team made five errors.”
The Varsity team record at press time was 5-4.
See you at the game.