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Lion baseball wins consolation in Waco tourney

Lion baseball lost its opener in Waco’s Harley Davidson Classic last Thursday 7-2 to Odessa before defeating Waco High 5-3 and Mansfield Summit 5-2 on Friday to take the consolation championship.
Odessa 0 0 0 2 3 0 2-7 8 3
Ennis 0 0 0 0 1 0 1-2 6 3
Lion pitching: Chris Lewis – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 9 SO; Matt Gunn – 1 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 3 W, 0 SO; Weston Montgomery – 1/3 IP
Lion hitting: Chris Lewis – 2 singles; RBI; Tyler Farris – double; Corey Betik / Matt Gunn / Nathan Dixon – single

Coach Kevin Kalinec: “I thought Chris pitched well enough to win against Odessa.
We got in some trouble in the fifth by kicking the ball around a little bit to give Odessa a couple of easy runs. Chris had to face some extra batters because of it and his pitch count got too high. He didn’t return after that inning and the game really got away from us.
I couldn’t ask for more out of Chris with three hits allowed and nine strikeouts against the team that won the tournament. Matt pitched from behind in the count and that’s what got him in trouble. Tyler [Farris] is unable to pitch in the near future [due to injury], so our pitching depth won’t be there for a while.
We hit the ball hard, but right at people. Our overall approach at the plate was really good in that game. We had some quality at bats against a very good pitcher and only struck out five times.
Chris is a competitor at the plate just like his is on the mound, so it’s no surprise he had a good offensive game. Nathan (scored both runs) doesn’t approach the game like a freshman, and what impresses me about our three freshmen (Dixon, Travis Wallis, Tyler Hobbs) is that they don’t show any fear against anyone.”

Ennis 0 0 0 2 0 0 3-5 7 2
Waco High 2 0 0 0 1 0 0-3 2 2
Lion pitching: Jeremy Pullin – 1 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 3 W, 1 SO; Rusty Collins – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 2 HBP, 5 SO
Lion hitting: Rusty Collins – 2 singles; Jeremy Pullin – 2 singles; Chris Lewis – triple, 2 RBIs; Weston Montgomery / Dustin Mireles – double

Kalinec: “We started off as flat as you can get.
It looked ugly early because Jeremy had trouble on the mound, but Rusty came in and did a great job in relief. I don’t like to pitch Rusty because it weakens our defense, but he’s a guy you can count on when needed.
We trailed in the top of the seventh inning by one and Weston stepped up to get us started with a double. Tyler [Farris] then drew a walk and Chris drove them both in with a big triple to put us ahead before he scored on a wild pitch. Chris is the guy I want in the box when the game is on the line.
That was a big lift to jumpstart us for the next game and it showed the character on this team. Rusty went out in the bottom of the seventh and hit a couple of guys, but he also struck out a couple to help us stay on top. We were getting beat by a team that was in no way better than us, but things started clicking.”

Ennis 0 0 0 4 1 0 0-5 4 1
Man. Summit 0 0 1 0 0 0 1-2 6 2
Lion pitching: Travis Wallis – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 4 SO
Lion hitting: Jeremy Pullin – 2 singles, RBI; Matt Gunn – single, RBI; Chris Lewis – single

Kalinec: “Mansfield Summit was beating us 1-0 in the third, but we came out in the top of the fourth and were sparked by Tyler Hobbs.
He hit a popup in foul territory and collided with the first baseman, who got up like he wanted to fight. Tyler didn’t bow down to him and the rest of the guys rallied around him. That woke everybody up and we put four on the board.
I knew Travis had the potential to be really good from the first day I saw him throw in the bullpen. He’s made some adjustments in his grips and learned he’s got to keep the ball down at this level. He threw nothing but knee-high strikes all night and had command of three pitches.
He struck out one of Summit’s best hitters on a full-count changeup, and not too many freshmen have the confidence to throw that pitch for a strike in a key situation. Travis threw a seven-inning complete game in 87 pitches, which is pretty impressive.
After some defensive troubles in the first two games, we moved Matt to third, Jeremy [Pullin] to second and Corey [Betik] to the outfield, which made us stronger up the middle. Pullin and [shortstop] Weston [Montgomery] made some great plays and you want the ball hit to those two guys. Our freshman outfield has played mistake free since we put them in there.
It was good to see Jeremy have a strong offensive game and one of his hits was big for us.
We were hoping to go back and defend our title [in the tournament], which didn’t happen; but Odessa is a good ballclub who beat Corsicana in the championship 4-3. Our win against Summit should give us a boost going into the Mesquite Tournament [on Thursday], where we’ll open up with Seagoville.”

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