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Jackets barely miss playoffs, Bulldogs win 5-2

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – After going 2-4 in the first six district games, the Ferris Jackets found themselves in a situation in which they had to win their last four games to make the playoffs.

They came up just short by losing their last game of the season to the Eustace Bulldogs 5-2 on Friday, April 18.

In an up and down season the Jackets were coming into the game with a three game winning streak, all of which were close contested.

This game was no different in that regard.

The Jackets fought and tried to claw their way into the lead, but in the end the Bulldogs came out on top.

Eustace started the game by getting up on the Jackets early.

With two outs and runners on first and second in the top of the first inning, the five-hole hitter hit a single up the middle.

A run scored but centerfielder Israel Munoz limited the damage by throwing out the man who was trying to reach third from first.

The Jackets tied it back up in the bottom of the inning on a Brett Scott sacrifice fly.

With the bases loaded and one out it was the best opportunity all night for Ferris to bust it open, but the one run was all that was brought in.

The next inning Eustace scored another run to take the lead 2-1.

It was a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the night.

By the sixth inning the Bulldogs had stretched their lead to 5-1 and things were looking bad for the Jackets.

They refused to go quietly, however.

In the bottom of the inning Munoz hit a solo homerun over the left field wall to cut the deficit to three.

Jacob Flores followed it up with a single over second base and Cody Hester drew a walk.

The following hitters couldn’t bring them home though and the inning ended.

They failed to score in the seventh and final inning as well and just like that the Jackets’ season was over.

With the season coming to an end, so do the seniors’ high school baseball careers.

Eight seniors will never play at this level again and although it didn’t end like they wanted it to, they will take with them the memories they have of playing the great game called baseball.

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