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March 13, 2013

Lovejoy beats Lions; Leonard wins 11-8



  Lucas Lovejoy’s Leopards won 5-2 over the Greenville Lions at John Mason Field Tuesday night in District 13-4A baseball action.

  Leopard’s starting pitcher Kyle McGuinness struck out nine Lion hitters in the game, while walking only one and giving up only two runs which were unearned.

  Travis Koger took the loss for Greenville, striking out six Leopard hitters in 6 1/3 innings, walking only four and giving up five runs in which only three were earned.

  “We had them right were we wanted them,” said Greenville coach Cody Salyers. “But we couldn’t finish them off. We needed to make some defensive plays that we didn’t. We need to be more aggressive at the plate.”

  Travis Koger got Greenville started in the right direction as he doubled to start the bottom of the first inning. Then Justin Koger reached base on a throwing error that allowed Travis Koger to score.

Lovejoy tied things up at one as Taylor Neitsch tripled to start the top of the second off of Koger then scored when Blake Kleen singled to drive him home.

  Lovejoy grabbed a 2-1 advantage when Austin Turnbow and Tanner DeVinny singled to start the top of the third inning and Taylor Nitsch walked. Turnbow scored on a wild pitch.

  The Leopards added two more runs in the fifth to gain a 5-1 advantage.

  Justin Koger scored an unearned run for Greenville in the sixth off a pair of Lovejoy errors.

  Greenville faces Mineral Wells at 1 p.m. today at Frisco Roughrider Stadium.

                           District 13-4A baseball

Lucas Lovejoy    011    020    1    —5 7 3

Greenville           100    001    0    —2 5 2

  WP: Kyle McGuinness, 4 hits, 2 runs, 0 ERs, 1 BB, 9 Ks, 6 IP; relieved by Brandon Provence, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 ERs, 0 BBs, 1 K, 1 IP.

  LP: Travis Koger, 6 hits, 5 runs, 3 ERs, 4 BBs, 6 Ks, 6 1/3IP; relieved by Chris Hazlett, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 ERs, 0 BBs, 1 K, 1 2/3 IP.

                          Leading hitters

  LL: Austin Turnbow 1-4, Tanner DeVinny 2-4, Taylor Neitsch 2-2, Mason Chase 1-3, 2 RBIs; Blake Kleen 1-3, 1 RBI.

  G: Travis Koger 1-4, Tanner Knudson 2-3, Trevor White 2-3.

  Record: LL 2-0 in district; G 7-9-1, 0-2.

  Next game: Greenville vs. Mineral Wells, 1 p.m. today, Frisco Roughriders Stadium.

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