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Kalinec reflects on careers of his seniors

Six Lion baseball players competed in the final game of their Ennis High careers on Friday night.
Catcher Dustin Mireles provided defensive stability behind the plate for several seasons and made the vast majority of baserunners who tried to steal on him live to regret it.
“Dustin has been very solid behind the plate throughout his time with this team,” said coach Kevin Kalinec.
“If he could improve his hitting he’d have a chance to play in college.”
Jeremy Pullin was a defensive presence in his own right at third base and his offense came on strong in the second half of the season.
“Jeremy will be missed for his competitive spirit and his glove,” the coach said.
“His offense really came around and he worked hard to get better.”
Tyler Farris manned second base this season, yet he also rolled up 13 strikeouts on the mound in a shutout win over Seagoville and proved to be one of the team’s best hitters in district play.
“Tyler’s bat really came around and he was able to do a lot of different things for us,” the coach said.
Peter Mata also played third base for the team this year and he was a beloved figure in the dugout.
“Peter was a joy to be around and a great guy to have in the dugout who had a good glove as well,” Kalinec said.
Chris Hall was a primary pinch runner for the team who also saw some action in the outfield.
“Chris broke up the no-hitter against Red Oak and he finished with a bang for us,” Kalinec said.
“Getting a big hit like that in his last game is something he’ll always remember.”
Center fielder and No. 2 pitcher Travis Wallis is only a freshman, but he’s moving after this year and thus also played his final game for Ennis on Friday night.
“Travis’ departure will leave us with only one pitcher that has varsity experience, so he’ll certainly be missed as well,” Kalinec said.

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