An impressive two-way performance from Dom Cruz led Kenedy to a 5-4 win Friday over Woodsboro, Kenedy was led by Cruz stellar pitching and he also chipped in offensively with two hits and one run scored.
The bottom of the first saw Woodsboro take an early lead, 1-0. Woodsboro got things going when Woodsboro pitcher Garret Horner reached on an infield singled. A passed ball then moved Garret from first to second. Tyler Salyers singled, bringing home Garret.
The one run lead would last until the Lions third inning when Kenedy exploded for 4 runs on 4 hits. Jacob Salinas led off the frame with a walk, Dominic Cruz followed with a single. The number two hitter Javier Hernandez put down a nice sacrifice bunt to move Cruz and Salinas into scoring position with one out. After striking out Ray J. Garza, it looked as though Horner may pitch out of the jam until clen up hitter Jordan Valdez laced a two run single up the middle. Valdez single was followed by a single by Andre Martinez. Martinez and Valdez both scored on a long double by Robby Gutierrez. Kenedy would not score again until the seventh inning when Javier Hernandez singled in Dominic Cruz who led off the frame with a triple.
Woodsboro kept battling the whole game and pulled within two runs of the Lions in both the 6th and 7th innings, but Cruz was too strong in the end and recorded his 13th strikeout to end the game. With the victory the Lions are assured a spot in the state baseball playoffs for the fifth year in a row. Kenedy will be in action again at home on Thursday night for a district game against Pettus.
Offenses dominate as Kenedy outscores Runge 9-8
The bats were busy at Kenedy on Tuesday, and when the dust cleared Kenedy had a 9-8 win over Runge in seven innings. There were 17 hits, including four extra base hits in the game. Kenedy starter Daniel Barrientez had five strikeouts in his two innings of work and Dominic Cruz struck out the only batter he faced in the seventh inning to earn the save.
Runge got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Jerick Esparza walked with two outs and scored on a bloop double by Levi Lewis. Lewis would later score Runges second run on an error by the Lions. Finding themselves in a 2-0 hole, the Lions didn’t waste anytime getting the bats working as they scored three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. Dominic Cruz and Ray J Garza scored on Jordan Valdez’ triple to left center, and Valdez would later score on an RBI single by Daniel Fuentes. Kenedy scored two more runs in the second inning when Dominic Cruz singled home Daniel Barrientez and Cruz was later knocked in by Javier Hernandez.
Runge quickly countered with three runs in the top of the third when reliever Bryant Tiemann hit the lead off batter Esparza and then gave up a long double to left by Levi Lewis. Both Lewis and Esparza scored on an RBI single by first baseman Winters. After a rough start Tiemann settled down and pitched 4.2 solid innings to get the win.
Tiemann helped his own cause in the third when he hit a two run double to give the lead back to the Lions, a lead that Kenedy would not give up. Runge cut the lead to 9-6 going into the seventh after scoring one run in the top of the fifth. After Runge scored 2 runs on a two out single in the seventh the Lions turned to Dominic Cruz who collected the save as he struck out the final batter. The win pushes Kenedy to 6-3 in district.