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Baseball seniors get sendoff before playoffs

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Bobcats win four-straight district games to end regular season

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KERENS–On Good Friday, four Kerens High School baseball seniors got a great goodbye by run-ruling Neches, 12-0.
The April 19 home game, the last of the 2019 season, started with ceremonies honoring Tate Engel, Brady Blue, Ino Garcia, Payden Duggins and TK Davis. While scoring 1,017 runs, the Kerens seniors were part of teams that compiled a four-year record of 76-20, including 52-2 in district play. They also won three-straight district titles, two bi-district championships and an area title.
In their final home game, Engel threw a one-hitter while striking out eight Neches batters, and Blue drove in two runs. The team followed that up with the Tuesday, April 23 regular-season finale at New Summerfield, which Kerens won. Next up is the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Earlier, Kerens beat Trinidad April 5, winning the away game 13-0. Engel hit a home run and picked up three RBIs. Addison Carter led the team with three hits, followed by Blue and Corey Davis with two hits each, with one of Davis’ being a double. Garcia and Anders Sundquist also hit doubles against Trinidad. Dusty Spence went the distance on the mound, striking out six Trinidad batters.
The next Kerens baseball victory came against Martin’s Mill, where rain and lightning forced the Friday, April 12 game to be restarted Monday, April 15. Kerens prevailed 13-6. Garcia drove in three runs and Blue had three hits, including a double. Davis, Carter and Cody Crawford had two hits apiece. Spence and Engel pitched for Kerens, each striking out six Martin’s Mill batters.
The Bobcat baseball team returned home Tuesday, April 16 to play Cross Roads. Kerens won that game 12-0. Engel (with a home run) and Corey Davis (who hit a double) led Kerens with two RBIs each, and Spence hit three doubles and struck out nine Cross Roads batters while allowing two hits.


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