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Engel, Garcia lead Kerens baseball past Neches

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Engel pitches perfect game and picks up career RBI No. 100

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KERENS–The Kerens High School baseball team has won five District 20-2A games in a row, highlighted March 26 by pitcher Tate Engel’s perfect game against Neches.
While striking out ten Neches batters and allowing no hits and no walks, Engel also doubled in his 100th career run. The Neches contest featured a three-run home run by Bobcat batter Ino Garcia.
The two seniors led Kerens to a 14-0 win, during which the Bobcats scored four runs in the first, second and fourth innings and two runs in the third inning.
Against Neches, Kerens racked up 12 hits. Anders Sundquist cranked out four hits that included three doubles, driving in three runs. Corey Davis hit a double that drove in two runs and Dusty Spence also picked up an RBI against Neches.
Earlier, Friday, March 22, Kerens clobbered Cross Roads, 22-1, in three innings. Kerens scored 15 runs in the second inning to clinch the victory. Engel hit a triple and drove in five runs. Also, Cody Crawford, Addison Carter and Sundquist hit doubles.
Sundquist drove in three runs, while Carter, Spence and Garcia drove in two runs apiece. Crawford and Payden Duggins drove in one run and Brady Blue crossed the plate three times. Spence went the distance on the mound, allowing four hits and striking out four.
Kerens hosted New Summerfield Friday, March 29, winning 12-0 in four innings. Kerens scored four runs in the first inning, six runs in the third inning and added two more runs in the final inning.
Engel drove in three runs against New Summerfield while Crawford and Spence hit doubles. Blue, Sundquist and Spence drove in one run each. Spence also struck out seven New Summerfield batters while allowing no hits.
The Bobcats then defeated LaPoynor, 9-2, in a Tuesday, April 2 away game. Kerens scored five runs in the first inning and four more in the sixth, with Engel striking out 15 batters in a complete game. Crawford and Davis doubled for Kerens and Crawford drove in two runs.
Kerens, which is 7-1 in district play, travels to Trinidad tonight (Friday, April 5) then returns home Tuesday, April 9 to face Cayuga.