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Lions sweep opening round playoff series
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Kenedy pitcher Daniel Barrientez throws from the mound during Game 2 of the playoff series versus  Benavides on May 1 in Skidmore.
Joe Baker photo Kenedy pitcher Daniel Barrientez throws from the mound during Game 2 of the playoff series versus Benavides on May 1 in Skidmore.
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Kenedy’s RayJ Garza connects with the ball.
Joe Baker photo Kenedy’s RayJ Garza connects with the ball.
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The Kenedy Lions took care of business in their first round match up against the Benavides Eagles with a 2-0 series win. Game one of the set was held Thursday at Skidmore High School. Junior lefty Dominic Cruz got the start for the Lions and was his usual dominating self. Cruz racked up 11 strikeouts while only giving up one hit as the Lions run ruled the Eagles 10-0 in 5 innings.

Kenedy’s offense was led by RayJ Garza who had 3 hits in four trips to the plate. Robby Gutierrez and Garza each had 2 RBI’s, with single runs batted in for Jordan Valdez, Andre Martinez, Daniel Barrientez, and Daniel Fuentes.

The Lions got out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning with key hits from seniors RayJ Garza and Robby Gutierrez. The onslaught continued with a 6 run second inning. The lions would bring two more runs across in the bottom of the third to stretch the lead to 9-0. The Lions finished up when Dominic Cruz scored the 10th run in the bottom of the fifth to give the Lions the 10-0 victory.

Game two of the series was played Friday night. Kenedy starter Daniel Barrientez threw three innings and gave up one earned run, followed by Bryant Tiemann who pitched three innings also giving up one run, and Dominic Cruz came in to get the save in the bottom of the 7th to seal the 11-6 victory, sending the Lions to the area round of the state baseball playoffs.

Aided by five hit batters and six walks, the Lions offense made the most of four hits on the night. Dominic Cruz, Javier Hernandez, Jordan Valdez, and Robby Gutierrez each had one base hit. Both teams started out slow scoring 0 runs in the first, but the top of the second was a different story as the Lions exploded for 7 runs Jordan Valdez was a major contributor all night knocking in three for the Lions. The Lions scored 2 runs in the fourth and two runs in the sixth on the way to the victory.

Kenedy will continue its playoff run in a one game playoff with El Dorado at Ingram High School Thursday night at 7:30. Coaches encourage everyone to please come out and support the Lions as they look to become area champs.

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