by Joshua Young
The Lehman baseball team welcomed the Seguin Matadors for an afternoon affair and their second district game on Tuesday. After suffering a 2-0 loss in 12 innings in their district opener, the Lobos were eager to grab a win against Seguin. Behind a solid start from pitcher Hunter Lehman, and key hits by Ben Flores and Aaron Sheckler, the Lobos outscored the Matadors 10-5 to earn the victory.
Seguin struck the first blow, as they pushed a run across in the top of the 1st inning, but the Lobos responded with 5 runs of their own punctuated by a bases loaded double to the leftfield wall by junior Ben Flores, scoring all 3 runners. In the bottom of the 2nd, senior Jacob Urea got the Lobos started again as he and Hunter Lehman opened the inning with singles and were sacrificed to second and third by Mark Garcia. Two consecutive RBI groundouts by juniors Ryan Tello and Justin Penney plated both runners and the Lobos lead 7-2.
The biggest blow of the game would not come until the bottom of the 5th inning, with the Lobos still leading 7-3, as senior Aaron Sheckler nailed a 3-run homerun to straightaway centerfield to give the Lobos a 10-3 cushion and a lead they would not relinquish.
“I just tried to go up there and relax. I thought when I hit it, it would be caught, but the wind must have helped me out,” said Sheckler about his sixth inning blast.
After 5 strong innings, Hunter Lehman gave way to juniors Justin Penney and Mark Garcia on the mound to close out the last two innings. Penney and Garcia both worked out of jams, each only giving up one run in their respective inning to give the Lobos a much needed district win on their home field.
“It was a big win for us to get back on track,” said coach Toby Robinson after the game.
The Lobos next make the trip to Kerrville on Thursday afternoon to faceoff with the Antlers in a district battle against Tivy.