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Ferris Jackets still in playoff hunt

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FERRIS – With a 6-4 win over the Kaufman Lions on Monday, April 7, the Ferris Jackets stayed in contention for a playoff spot in district 13-3A.

The Jackets (3-4 in district) had lost three straight games to district opponents before beating Kaufman in a game that went down to the wire.

Ferris scored first in Monday’s contest by putting up two runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Sophomore Willy Sage led the inning off with a single and Matthew Garcia laid a bunt down the first base line to advance him to second.

Bret Scott popped up to shallow center field but the short stop dropped the ball and suddenly the Jackets found themselves with runners on first and third.

In the next at-bat Spencer Piner drove them both in with an RBI single.

Consecutive pop ups ended the inning and the Jackets went back on defense.

The Lions came back in the top of the third however and tied the game at two a piece.

It didn’t last long though.

In the bottom of the inning, Garcia hit a two run homerun, his second of the season, over the left field wall which put the Jackets up for good.

The Jackets tacked on two more runs over the course of the fourth and fifth innings to stretch their lead to four.

Kaufman wasn’t leading the district standings for nothing though.

They battled back in the sixth inning by forcing Jacket errors in the outfield and getting the occasional hit.

The result was two more runs and a closer ballgame.

They threatened again in the seventh inning and came extremely close to scoring.

With runners on first and second a grounder was hit up the middle and to the centerfielder Israel Munoz.

Munoz threw it to his cutoff Cody Hester who gunned it home to get the runner trying to score from second base out in a close play.

The next batter struck out and the game ended.

The Jackets now have to win their remaining three games, two of which are against opponents who have already beaten the Jackets, in order to secure a playoff berth.

It’s a tough challenge, but seeing as how Kaufman beat Ferris the first time around this season, the Jackets proved just how unpredictable baseball can be.

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