Cruz would strike out 14 and just walk 1 batter.
The only run for the Lions came in the first inning as Dom would single and steal second and with two outs RayJ Garza would single to bring him home.
This would be all the Lions would need as Cruz shut down the Pirates.
The Lions would total 6 hits but would not be able to score any more runs.
Dom went 2for4, Rolie Zepeda, Garza, Jeremy Rodriguez, and J.D. De Los Santos all went 1for3.
The location for game 2 and 3 moved to Charlotte due to the rain that hit Southside on late Friday night.
It was all set up for the Lions to move on as Rolie Zepeda was taking the mound for the Lions versus the number 2 from Center Point.
Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way as the Lions had trouble throwing and catching in game two and committed five errors that allowed five of the seven runs that the Pirates got.
The Lions would be able to tie the game at 3 to 3 in second but the Pirates would take advantage of Lion mistakes in the fifth and plate 3 more to take the lead 6-3.
After the Pirates got one more run in the top of the sixth the Lions would answer with two to make it 7-5 going into the seventh.
The Lions in the bottom of the seventh would get two runners on as Garza and Rodriguez would both get base hits with two outs but a strike out would end the game at 7-5.
Zepeda would go the distance and give up 10 hits and strike out 5 but the Pirates did a good job blocking up Zepeda’s pitches since he had to throw it down the middle to get a strike called in the game.
Rodriguez would have a great game at the plate going 4for4 with a double, run scored, run driven in and a stolen base.
De Los Santos would go 2for3, while Garza and Kris Bryan would both go 1for3.
Eddie Villarreal would go 1for4.
Game 3 would pit both starters from game 1.
Dominic Cruz would do a great job going 6 innings and striking out 9 and giving up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 4.
He would leave the game after the sixth with a 4-1 lead and his brother Isaac Cruz would come in relief but would be unable to record a out as he walked the first two and then the wheels would come off the train as the slow roller to third would be fielded and then overthrown to first to plate one run and leave it first and third with no outs.
Zepeda then would come in to finish the seventh but the errors would be too much to overcome and the Pirates would end up tying it up 4-4.
The Lions in the top of the 8th would get the go ahead run on base as Garza would reach on a error and then they would walk Rodriguez.
Villarreal would hit a ball deep to left center but the centerfielder would make the game saving catch because both runners would have scored.
In the bottom of the 8th a base hit and walk would lead to trouble and with one out a single to left would plate the winning run on a questionable play at the plate the runner would be called safe.
“We have never blamed umpiring because we have all the chances to make plays when it counts and we did not and Center Point did when it counted,” said Coach Robert Bell. “But it is hard for kids to overcome calls when every call all 6 go against you and you lose by two runs then one. In all it was a very good season for the Lions even though it wasn’t the way it was suppose to end.”
The Lions finish Co-district champs and bi-district champs with a 24-6 overall record.
“I would like to thank my seniors who have been with me all four years and applaud there efforts as they finish with a overall record of 74-31,” Bell said. “Thanks for the memories Rolie, Isaac, J.D., Jeremy, Eddie, and Kris. Wish it would have ended different. Thanks to all you loyal Lions fans also KFND!”