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Visiting Hawks edge Lion baseball in windy affair, 2-0

The wind never let up on Tuesday night as the visiting Red Oak Hawks came away with the district win they desired.
Ennis (11-13, 4-7) didn’t let the Hawk offense get going in its home finale, but a couple of errors at inopportune times and the inability to string hits together cost the Lions in a 2-0 loss. Lion batters struck out 12 times, including three straight looking to end the game.
“This was another night where we pitched well enough to win, but we gave up two unearned runs and had way too many strikeouts,” said coach Kevin Kalinec.
“We just didn’t put the ball in play often enough.”
Red Oak notched a hit in each of the first two innings as Chris Hall made a nice grab in right field while first baseman Rusty Collins was able to snag a bunt foul pop on the run. In the Hawk third, a walk, an error and an unsuccessful fielder’s choice loaded the bases with no outs. An RBI sac fly put Red Oak up 1-0, but Ennis did get a second out on the play as pitcher Tyler Farris backed up the throw home and threw a runner out at second base (Jeremy Pullin).
Hall notched Ennis’ first hit in the bottom of the inning and stole second base, but the Lions were unable to advance him further.
“Chris played well tonight and it was good to see him do so in our last home game,” Kalinec said.
In the Hawk fifth, a walk and an infield single put two on with no outs for Red Oak, yet the Lions escaped unharmed. While Corey Betik led off the Ennis fifth with a single up the middle, that would be all for Ennis.
“Tyler pitched well; he just made a couple of defensive mistakes,” Kalinec said.
“They don’t score either of those runs without our errors.”
Chris Lewis came on in relief to start the sixth as the Hawks benefited from a walk and a fielding error to go up 2-0. Shortstop Weston Montgomery did snag a grounder immediately thereafter and turn a double play to get off the field.
“Weston has been solid all-around this year and that was an excellent defensive play,” Kalinec said.
Lewis struck out two to begin the seventh and gave up an infield single before picking the runner off at first base. Jeremy Pullin led off the Ennis seventh with a single down the right-field line in an attempt to start a rally, but the final three batters struck out.
“I can’t believe the guy took that big of a lead against Chris with all the pickoffs he’s had this year,” Kalinec said.
“He gave us two solid innings and he’ll get the start on Friday for sure. Jeremy gave us a chance, but the guys behind him didn’t compete at the plate.”
The Lions will conclude their season on Friday in Waxahachie at 7 p.m.
“We could force several playoffs with a win over Waxahachie and we’re definitely going up there to win,” the coach said.

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