Lions fall in extra innings
Thursday April 21st the Kenedy Lions hosted the Woodsboro Eagles in their last district home game. The Lions would enter the game one game behind the Eagles and with a win would force a playoff game with Woodsboro for 2nd place. It wasn’t to be as the Lions celebrated parents’ night and honored Larry Kiesling for all the hard work he has put into getting the field up to date with new lights, screens, and mats. Rolie Zepeda would take the mound for the Lions and face Matt Escamilla from Woodsboro who had defeated the Lions in the first round. This would be a pitcher dual as both pitched well. Zepeda would go 7 and 2/3 innings while Escamilla would go the distance for the win as the Eagles would hold off the Lions 4-2 in 8 innings. Defense wins championships and it would be the defense of the Lions that would let Zepeda down as two fly balls to the outfield would let all 4 of the Eagles runs score. Woodsboro would score first as they got 2 runs in the 4th inning on a misplayed ball to right. The Lions would answer in the bottom of the 4th with 1 run of their own as Bell would be hit by the pitch and steal second then be driven in by Tristan Mejia with the RBI single. The Lions would tie it up at 2 in the bottom of the 7th as Jon Asebedo would reach on catcher interference advance to second on a pass ball. Jake Havron would walk to make it 1st and 2nd with Bell coming to the plate. Bell would deliver the RBI single to bring in Asebedo and move Havron to third. On the next play the Lions would try the early steal but Havron would get thrown out at home to end the inning. The Eagles would get two unearned runs in the top of the 8th with another dropped fly ball in right and make it 4-2. Jason Medina would come in relief for Zepeda and get the final batter to pop up. The Lions would not give up and get the lead off hitter on in Cruz but would be unable to move him around before the third out. With the loss the Lions finished the regular season at 15-9 and 6-4 in district play. With Falls City losing to Port A on Wednesday night the Lions win or lose against Woodsboro would be in the playoffs. The Lions now are the 3rd place team and now have made the playoffs for their second straight year and will play the loser of Ben Bolt and Benavides who play on Saturday April 30. Location of the first round for the Lions is unknown at this time but the dates will probably be May 6th and 7th.