Dawgs clinch playoffs with win over Granger

Gateway edges Thorndale 6-5 Tuesday night

Milano’s Cody Alexander chases down a ground ball. Milano’s Cody Alexander chases down a ground ball. The Thorndale Bulldogs clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 victory over Granger, a team that was ahead of them in the league standings.

With two games left in the regular season, Thorndale and Granger trail No. 10 ranked Georgetown Gateway, which is 19-2 on the season and perfect in District 26A play at 12-0.

The Bulldogs host Bartlett Thursday and travel to Holland Tuesday.

The Bulldogs fell to Gateway 6-5 Tuesday night on the road to slip to 16-8 on the season and 9-3 in district play.

Thorndale outhit Gateway 6-4 and rallied to knot the game 5-5 in the sixth, before Gateway crossed the plate in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead 6-5, which became the final.


Riley Schaefer led the Bulldogs to the win over Granger at the plate and on the hill.

The senior put himself in scoring position with two extra-base hits. He tripled in the third inning and doubled in the seventh inning.

Schaefer worked out of five tough spots while pitching seven innings and allowing just one earned run on three hits.

The righthander faced his toughest moment in the fourth inning.

The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to five lead changes in the game.

Thorndale took the lead in the seventh inning and held on for the victory.

The Bulldogs went up for good on an RBI double, scoring Dillon Bankston.

In the top of the second, Granger grabbed the early


Two Thorndale pitchers baffled Buckholts and teamed up to throw a no-hitter in an 18-0 victory in five innings.

Devin Patin and Eric Guzman rounded out their sterling stat line with nine strikeouts and two walks.

Buckholts (2-10) couldn’t get anything going so long as Eric Guzman was on the hill. Guzman held Buckholts hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three.

Fourteen runs in the first three innings powered the blowout.

An RBI single by Eric Hinostroza, a passed ball, and a two-run error in the first inning and an error, an RBI double from Hinostroza, and an RBI triple by Jake Miller during the second inning helped the Bulldogs reach out early.

Hinostroza racked up five RBIs on three hits for the Bulldogs. Bartlett sneaks by Milano

The Milano Eagles almost snuck out of Bartlett with a win on Tuesday night, but a last inning rally by the Bulldogs would push them to the 4-3 victory.

Chance Pack absorbed the loss for Milano (2-11, 1-11). David Jentsch pitched six innings with seven strikeouts.

Pack was two for four at the plate. Justin Grimes and Jentsch were each one for four.

Grimes hit a double and scored two runs. Dillon Liscum was one of two.

Milano fell 18-2 Friday at the hands of No. 10 Georgetown Gateway.

David Jentsch took the loss on the mound for the Eagles, striking out one Gator batter in three innings of work. Treyton Steinbecker came in for the final three innings, striking out three batters.

Jordan Millar and Jentsch each slammed solo home runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Milano its two runs.

Millar was two for three at the plate. Josh Lewis and Jentsch were both one for three.

Milano hosts Holland on Thursday and then travel to Thrall on Tuesday to finish up its season.

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