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Lions win 5-4 thriller against Falls City
May 22, 2014 | 28 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Kenedy’s Jordan Valdez hits the ball during the regional quarterfinal playoff against Falls City.
Joe Baker photo Kenedy’s Jordan Valdez hits the ball during the regional quarterfinal playoff against Falls City.
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Falls City’s Devon Lyssy catches behind the plate while  Dominic Cruz gets ready to swing during Friday’s game in San Antonio.
Carole Gaskamp photo Falls City’s Devon Lyssy catches behind the plate while Dominic Cruz gets ready to swing during Friday’s game in San Antonio.
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Falls City’s Justin Twine connects with the ball during the regional quarterfinal playoff game Friday night.
Corinne Sekula photo Falls City’s Justin Twine connects with the ball during the regional quarterfinal playoff game Friday night.
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For the third time this year Falls City and Kenedy played a one run thriller that eventually saw the Lions come out on top and advance to the regional quarterfinals. Kenedy ace lefty Dominic Cruz had another gutsy performance on the mound striking out 17 while only surrendering four hits and one earned run over seven innings. Cruz also came up big with the bat, hitting a two run triple in the sixth inning and scoring a run on an error.

Falls City got the scoring started early as TCU commit Justin Twine hit a towering solo home run to right center field. The Lions would eventually tie the game up in the fourth inning scratching across a run when Jacob Asebedo scored on a fielders choice by freshman Chris Pena. Falls City would not be tied for long as they came up with two runs in their half of the 4th inning, giving them a three run lead. The Lions bats finally came alive in the sixth inning. Jacob Asebedo led off the inning with a walk followed by a single by Robby Gutierrez. Andre Martinez was hit by a pitch loading the bases with nobody out. Falls City starter Austin Camber was removed from the game for reliever Justin Twine. Twine promptly struck out number 8 batter Daniel Fuentes for the first out of the inning. Twine would give up a run on a pass ball to the number nine batter, pulling the Lions within one. After striking out the number nine batter Chris Pena, Falls City looked like they would escape with the lead, but Dominic Cruz had other ideas. Cruz hit a 2-0 pitch deep to center field and it found its way into the gap, Gutierrez and Martinez scored on the hit and Cruz advanced home after a throwing error attempting to gun him down at third, giving the Lions a 5-3 lead.

Falls City looked like they were posed to take the lead back in their half of the sixth as a walk, a stolen base, and a single put runners on second and third with nobody out. Then Falls City number 8 batter hit a flair down the right field line that Chris Pena gloved in stride and threw a strike to the plate mowing down Mitch Lyssy attempting to tag up from third. Cruz would strike out the next batter to preserve the two run lead. Falls City made a valiant effort in the bottom of the seventh, cutting the lead to one run on a passed ball, but Dominic Cruz shut the door with back to back strike outs to end the game.

The win advances the Lions to the regional quarterfinal round of the UIL high school baseball playoffs. Kenedy will be the home team in a one game playoff against Flatonia at New Braunfels Canyon High School Friday night at 7 p.m. Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.
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