The Lehman Lobos baseball team wasted little time flexing its muscle at the plate in Monday’s 10-5 season opening win over the Del Valle Cardinals.
Leading the charge for the Lobos was Ben Gettig who went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle.
Gettig started the season off with a stand-up triple in the first inning, and eventually scored the game’s first run on a passed ball in the first inning. Lehman’s Karlos Gallego laced a two-run RBI double to give Lehman a 3-0 lead.
Del Valle got a run back in the second inning on a double and trimmed the Lehman lead to 3-1.
Lehman’s centerfielder Austin Gonzales responded by smacking a solo home run to left field, which extended the Lobo lead to 4-1.
While Del Valle added a fourth inning home run off of Lehman starting pitcher Shane Miles, the right-hander remained aggressive and avoided additional damage. Miles went five innings and stuck out eight batters while only allowing two runs.
Lehman added another run in the bottom of the fourth frame; the Lobos added two more runs in the fifth inning.
Del Valle, however, found success against Lobo relief pitcher Robert Enriquez in the sixth frame, tagging him for two runs.
Gettig struck again in the next half-inning by hitting a double for his third hit of the night.
Following an Albert Martinez walk, Lehman’s Braden Sullins came up with a big two-run RBI double to left field. Sullins advanced to third base on an errant throw from the outfield.
Lehman’s Nathaniel Garcia brought him in with a sacrifice fly to give the Lobos a 10-4 advantage.
Del Valle got a run back in the top of the seventh frame, but Lobo Justin Edwards came into the game with two outs to close things out. He promptly got the groundout he needed, and the Lobos secured the win.
Sullins was 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs. As a team, the Lobos worked seven walks in the game and scored ten runs on eight hits. Six of the Lobo hits went for extra bases.
Lehman will be in action again Thursday when the team travels play at New Braunfels Canyon.