LAGRANGE—In a comm show of strength, Thorndale combined for 27 hits in 13 innings to oust Ganado from the postseason in a best of three series Friday night at Leopard Field.
Thorndale took game one of the series 17-4 in six innings and won the second game 7-0 in the Class A Region IV quarterfi nals.
The 23-7 Bulldogs will now face the Falls City Beavers (14-6) in another three-game series starting Thursday in LaGrange at 7:30 p.m. in the regional semifinals
The second and possible third games are scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. in New Braunfels.
"The wins were an overall team effort," Bulldog Coach Kelly Kuhl said. "Our kids were focused and showed up and took care of business."
Ganado finished the year at 18-9.
Joe Salinas (4-1) was on the mound for Thorndale in game one. He gave up just five hits, including a home run to Glenn Sparkman. That bomb didn't matter as Salinas was backed by an errorless defense.
The Bulldogs racked up 18 hits off the Indians pitching staff in the game one victory. Shea Maupin led Thorndale at the plate going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple
Salinas helped his own cause with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate with an RBI, while Travis Stockton socked home three RBI.
In the night cap, Pounders took the mound for the Bulldogs, giving up just three hits. Another great defensive effort by Thorndale kept Ganado scoreless throughout.
Paxton Jordan's triple in the bottom of the third gave the Bulldogs their first two runs of the game.
A walk and single in the fifth would a llow for t hree more Thorndale runs and all the Bulldogs would need to advance.
Kuhl knows that his kids are ready for this level of competition and are preparing them for anything.
"I think that our guys played really well overall. We had two great pitching performances from Tyler Pounders and Joe Salinas," Kuhl said. "We hit the ball really well up and down the lineup.
"This was also our best defensive effort of the year. It's like we told our kids when the playoffs began, every team in the playoffs is a good team. They got here by beating some quality opponents as well."
The Beavers were champions of District 31-A and took three games over the weekend to defeat Kingsville Academy and advance to the meeting with Thorndale.
The winner of the Thorndale- Falls City series will face the Shiner-D'Hanis winner in the Region IV-A finals for a chance to advance to the state baseball tournament on June 10-13 at Dell Diamond.
Thorndale has faced both Shiner and D'Hanis in recent years during postseason play.
Thorndale has two state titles in 1996 and 2005 and made a return appearance to the tourney in 2006 and 2007.
"Falls City is another great opponent. They have some kids that hit the ball really well. Their pitching is also pretty good," Kuhl said. "We will have to show up and play our game to take care of business. It should be a good series."
Thorndale 17, Ganado 4 Thorndale 143 324—17 16 0 Ganado 130 000— 4 5 1
Jordan and Salinas. W-Salinas (4- 1). L-Rakowitz. 2B-Ware, Maupin 2, Jordan, P. (T). 3B-Maupin (T). HRPounders (T). Records—Thorndale 22-7, Ganado 18-8.
Thorndale 7, Ganado 0 Ganado 000 000 0—0 3 2 Thorndale 002 032 X—7 8 1
Jordan and Pounders. W-Pounders (5-2). L-Spareman. 3B-Jordan, P. (T).