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Solid pitching performances snuff out Iola

Eric Hinistroza struck out 11 batters in his win. Eric Hinistroza struck out 11 batters in his win. BRYAN—The Thorndale Bulldogs strung together two sparkling pitching performances and disposed of Iola 3-1, 11-3 in a Class A, Region IV bi-district playoff series at Rudder High School.

The Bulldogs will be facing District 27A champion- Burton (14-8) in the area round of the playoffs, Friday and Saturday.

The best of three series will take place at A&M Consolidated high school. Game one is scheduled for 7 p.m. Game two is Saturday at 1 p.m. If a third game is needed it will be 30 minutes after game two.

Burton has not played since April 22, but enters the series on a six-game win streak.

The Panthers are led by double-threat Garrett Kunetka, who is hitting .486 with 35 runs scored, three home runs and 23 runs batted in.

On the mound, the 6-foot junior is 6-1 with a sterling 1.69 earned run average.

He is complemented by senior catcher Austin Martin, who is batting .484 with 30 runs batted in.

The high-powered Panthers are averaging 10 runs a game and have also swiped 87 bases this season.

The winner gets the Bremond (9-9)-Flatonia (14-4) victor.

“We had great pitching in both games,” said Thorndale Coach Kelly Kuhl. “Riley Schaefer gave up two hits and struck out 12 on Thursday. Eric Hinistroza gave up six hits and struck out 11 on Friday. Both guys only walked one batter.

“Thursday we were able to keep it close and come up with the big hit in the sixth. Friday I felt like we played a lot more relaxed and we hit the ball better.”

In the 11-3 clincher, the Bulldogs broke loose for five runs in the second on an RBI double by Devin Fisher, an RBI single by Colton Austin and another from Eric Guzman.

Iola had jumped out 2-0 in the top of he first.

Thorndale pushed across three more runs in the bottom of the sixth as a passed ball scored Devin Patin, followed by Schaefer’s double that scored Dillon Bankston.

Bankston topped Thorndale at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of singles.

Hinistroza sat down 11 batters and allowed two earned runs, six hits and one walk in the complete game effort.

In the opener, Hinistroza drove in the go-ahead runs in the three-run sixth inning to propel the Bulldogs past Iola.

After Schaefer drew a walk, Hinistroza tripled, scoring Schaefer and Eric Guzman.

Schaefer chalked up the victory after fanning 12 batters and allowing three hits and one walk.

Thorndale 11, Iola 3 Iola 210 000 0—3 6 7 Thorn. 150 113 X—11 9 2

Thorndale 3, Iola 1 Thorn. 000 003 0—3 4 1 Iola 100 000 0—1 3 2

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