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Bulldogs hanging on as regular season subsides

Thorndale needs to win and some help to reach playoffs


Sophomore Riley Schaefer logged a pair of wins in the past week in District 27-2A play as the Bulldogs scramble for a playoff spot. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Sophomore Riley Schaefer logged a pair of wins in the past week in District 27-2A play as the Bulldogs scramble for a playoff spot. Reporter/Teresa Ging With four games left in the season, the Thorndale Bulldogs need to win out and are going to need some help as well to make a playoff appearance.

After splitting a pair of games last week, the Bulldogs stand 4-6 in District 27-2A play after a 7-4 victory over Academy Tuesday night, behind unbeaten Jarrell which is 14-1 overall and 10-0 in league play.

Cameron remains in second place at 6-3, followed by Rogers who is trying to fight off everyone else for that third and final spot at 4-5 after being clipped by Jarrell 7-6 last Thursday.

Keep in mind, the last two Class 2A state champions reside in Distr ict 27- 2 A— Cameron (2011) and Rogers (2010).

In the 5-1 loss to the defending state champion Cameron, Steven McKendrick was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, while Tyler Miller accounted for the lone Bulldog RBI with a hit in the first inning as Thorndale jumped out 1-0.

Despite allowing just five hits, Tyler Miller took the loss while his teammates committed five errors behind him.

Thorndale took out some frustrations on Florence, banging out 16 hits en route to an 11-3 victory.

There was plenty of hits to go around as Dillon Irwin was perfection at the plate, going 4-4.

Josh Vasquez complemented Irwin, by going 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Eric Guzman (2 RBI), Steven McKendrick (triple) and Tyler Miller (2 RBI) all collected two hits apiece.

Price Miller also cranked a home run.

Riley Schaefer was the benefactor of the powerage and the sophomore righthander earned the victory after allowing six hits.

“In both games we got really good pitching performances,” said Thorndale Coach Kelly Kuhl. “We just did not back it up in the Cameron game. We could not have asked for a better job out of Tyler Miller on the mound Friday night.

“We had a couple of opportunities early to score and only came away with one run. We have to capitalize on those.”


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