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+ Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press April 13, 2016 BY SPENCER SPILMAN The Lehman Lobos baseball team played a tough district game Friday night against the Akins Eagles. But the Lobos struggled to bring runners home once they got on base. While Akins! offense struck the ball well, Lehman left 10 runners on base during the game, allowing the Eagles to run away with 6-0 win. Lehman had trouble getting runners home after getting on base, but strong defense and adept pitching kept Akins from scoring until the third inning. Adam Ivey came up with a runner on first and he found a pitch to hit. Ivey smashed a home run over the right field fence to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Lehman threatened in the third after a leadoff NEXT UP The Lobos return home April 19 as they host Anderson. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. single from Luke Stana- land. They were able to get him to second but were unable to get him any further. Akins rallied in the fourth inning by scoring three runs after getting the first four runners on base. They scored one on an RBI single, then followed it with back-to-back sacrifice flies to take a 5-0 lead. The Lobos left two more run- ners on base in the fourth, including Luis Jimenez standing 90 feet away on third base. The following inning, the Lobos loaded the bases and senior Zach Sendejo came to the plate looking to make it a one run game. Sendejo unloaded on a pitch, leaving most in the stands to believe it could have been a grand slam. But Akins' center fielder made a catch at the warning track, ending the threat. Both teams hit a lull at PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Lehman High senior infielder Zach Sendejo (left) prepares to collect a throw at first base as Akins Eagle Adam Ivey (25) speeds down the line toward the bag during Friday's district tilt at Lehman. Browse and buy photos online at www.hay- under the photos link. the plate and struggled Lehman had a two out to get anything going of- rally going in the sixth fensively, inning where they loaded Strong pitching was the bases for a second the reason, as Lehman straight inning, and for used Braden Sullins and the second straight in- Courteney Curry on the ning, they left all three on mound, base. Akins pitcher Jason The Eagles scored an Porter threw over 100 additional insurance run pitches in the game and in the seventh inning was in command most of to give them a six run the night. He struck out cushion. seven Lobo batters and Lehman couldn't also helped his own cause mount a comeback in the with an RBI sac-fly in the final inning and fell to fourth inning. Akins 6-0. APRIL 23-24 AT THE BUDA CITY PARK IN BUDA, TX (JUSTSOUTH OFAUSTIN) FOR MORE INFO, VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.BUDALIONS.coM Hays Softball: Lady Rebs shine bright in 11-6 win Continued from pg. 1 B "We were all just getting on it, it was like a chain reaction," Arroyo said. Cone said the team's ability to make good adjustments at the plate provided success. "They were looking for the one pitch she was throwing that was waist high," Cone said. "There was that one pitch that was right to drive. It was the one they were looking for." On the defensive end, Lady Rebel pitcher Nadia Netek controlled the Ma- roon bats in the circle, al- lo ng only two runs and five hits through the first three innings of play. Hays held a 6-2 lead and momentum. That all changed when a power outage led to a 40-minute delay in the top of the fourth frame. When play resumed, Austin High took advan- tage and surged back into contention, cutting the Rebel lead to 6-4. Cone opted to make a pitching change, swap- ping out Netek for fresh- man MaxValdez. She said the reasoning was to give a change of pace. "I told Nadia that she wasn't doing anything wrong. I just wanted to change it up," Cone said. "But the delay didn't PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III A power outage at the Hays High School softball field led to a 40-minute intermission during the game. Players stayed warmed up with an impromptu dance-oft on the field. Rebel shortstop Alyssa Martinez, left, breaks a few moves, as well as the coach from Austin's team on the right. Browse and buy photos online at under the photos link. help. Nadia was in a great aria Cisneros smacked an "Once I got to (third base), rhythm, but it broke it RBI double to left center I didn't realize it. I was still up." field, giving Hays a 9-6 thinking about my hit. It Austin continued to lead. wasn't the best hit, but it hang tough with Hays, After Brianna Rodri- got the job done." pulling to within a run at guez drew a walk, Arroyo As the regular season 7-6 in the top of the sixth stepped up and delivered draws to a close, Hays will frame, a bases clearing RBI triple take on district frontrun- But every time the Ma- to left center field, hers Bowie and Westalke roons responded, Hays Arroyo said she didn'tin the coming weeks. answered right back. They feel like the hit was "going "We have to play our did so once again in the to do much," but that she best games, both of those bottom of the sixth inning "hit (the ball) as hard as I games," Cone said. "We're as they manufactured a could." trying to end the season two out rally. "I kept going around far on top as we can be. With two runners on the bases and I was freak- To build momentum for and two outs, Hays' Illy- ing out," Arroyo going into next week." 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Sendejo, who "pounded But the Rebels had a we have to put in our best "He deserved better the zone" and consistent- chance in the bottom of game. This loss makes than the outcome. We ly threw strikes, the seventh with a runner them a little more hungry needed more support But Howard said the on first base and one out. and humble." offensively," Howard said. Rebels' approaches at the Hays seemed to have Sendejo, who missed "Defensively, we made plate were "terrible."runners at the cornerslast season due to Tommy the routine plays when Offensively, we couldn't after Ryan Manley John surgery, said the we needed to." get any momentum go- grounded to third base, ability to pitch against On the opposite end, ing," Howard said. "Weand was called safe by an Hays during his senior Sendejo said the use of struck out at the plate, or umpire, season was "great." fastballs, primarily his we just didn't have any The call was reversed,Robinson said Saturday two seam fastball and momentum. You have to however, by the umpir-was a time where all phas- change-up early on, was tip your hat to [Sendejo]." ing crew. It left the Lobos es of the game aligned. effective in halting the It wasn't until the with a runner at third"It goes to show that Rebel offense, seventh inning when the base and two outs, which these kids work hard all As a result, Hays left a Lobos became the firstled to a groundout on year long, and that one total of four baserunners team to take advantage of the next at bat to end the thing that hurts us every on base during the course their opportunities, game. game, that didn't happen of the game. For Sendejo, Lehman loaded the For Howard, learn- today," Robinson said. Stiffed: Scholarship rescinded late in the game Continued from pg. 1B Rose, who have sent many schools he has said it was something he drive that motivates him. 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