Three-Run Fifth Propels Leto Past King In 7A-8 Contest
The Leto Falcons were on the road Thursday to take on the 7A-8 rival King Lions in a contest between two teams with two wins within the district. Strong pitching on both sides kept the game scoreless for several innings, but a two-run single from Jose Martinez sparked a three-run inning that helped carry the Falcons past the Lions for the 4-0 district victory.
Along with Jose Martinez’ two-RBI single, Brandon Parry and Andreas Morales added the other two RBIs for the Falcons. Morales also reached base on a walk and stole a base. He finished the night going 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI and a walk. Parry went 1-for-2 with one run and the one RBI in the victory.
Jakob Riley took to the mound for the Falcons (5-2, 3-1) and went the distance in the victory. Riley threw 82 pitches over seven innings. He gave up no runs on two hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Riley allowed just one base runner to get into scoring position all night, frustrating the Lions offense from start to finish.
Anthony Azpeitia and Danny Terp collected the only two hits for the Lions (4-3, 2-2), who came in looking to avoid a three-game losing streak after a four-game winning streak to start the season. Justice Thompson, Jamarcus Lyons, Matthew Jernigan and Greg Barone all reached base on walks for the Lions but they could never build off any of that momentum.
Jeremy Goins started the game for the Lions and had a strong outing aside from the three-run outburst in the fifth inning. Goins went 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out five Falcons in a good start. Lyons and Azpeitia pitched the final 2.2 innings, allowing just two base runners the rest of the game.