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Lobos Needs Nine but Defeats Estacado Six-to-Five, Levelland Wins Eighth Straight in District

April 7, 2021

The Levelland Lobos needed nine innings last night but managed to scratch out a six-to-five extra inning win over Lubbock Estacado. The win moves to Lobos to eight-and-oh in district play and opens a two game lead over the Matadors.

Levelland got on the board in the first when Zaiden LeCroy would draw a one out walk. Blake Klose would walk behind him setting the Lobos with two on and two gone. Reigan Vestal would single through the middle driving in LeCroy and Klose would score on a wild pitch giving Levelland a two-to-nothing lead after a half inning.

Estacado responded in the bottom of the frame.

Austin Segoiva would single before Landon Hernandez struck out. Oscar Delgado would double setting the Lobos with two on and one out. Diego Camacho would come to the plate and crank and two-oh pitch out of right center field. The three run blast put Estacado in front three-to-two and still just one out. Jaydn Betancur would reach on an error to follow and three walks would follow plating a fourth run for the Matadors as Estacado led four-to-two after one frame.

The second came and went before Levelland got on the board in the third.

Joel Pena would be hit by a pitch to start the inning and steal second but a ground out by Zaiden LeCroy and a popup from Dylen Wolfe looked to kill the rally with Pena at third. Levelland figured out a way as Blake Klose singled the opposite way to drive in Pena and cut the lead to Estacado 4, Levelland 3. Reigan Vestal would follow with his second single of the night and Dylan Bordayo would put the Lobos back in front with a two run double. Levelland would plate three with the two out rally and took a five-to-four lead to the bottom of the third.

There it would stay all the way to the bottom of the seventh.

Landon Hernandez and Oscar Delgado would both walk before a Diego Camacho fly ball would move Hernandez to third with one out. Jaydn Betancur would follow with a RBI flare single to center and Lubbock Estacado had tied the game at five-to-five with two on and just one out. Frank Guzman walked to load the bases and the Lobos appeared to be in trouble. Again the Lobos found a way. Dylen Wolfe would strike out the next two and Estacado would leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh sending it to the eighth at five-to-five.

Levelland got a two out baserunner in the top of the eighth but came away empty and Estacado would get noisy in the bottom of the frame. Austin Segoiva would double with one out and move to third on a ground ball out setting the Matadors with the winning run at third and two down. Oscar Delgado would walk and Levelland would intentionally walk Diego Camacho setting up a force at every base with two outs. That would be all Estacado would accomplish as Jaydn Betancur flew out to left and sent it to the ninth still tied at five.

The Lobos looked like they would go away quietly in the ninth as well as Zaiden LeCroy and Dylen Wolfe lined out for the first two outs of the inning. That would bring Blake Klose to the plate bases empty and two dead. Klose lined a ball past third down the line and the hustle double got the Lobos a runner in scoring position with two out. Reigan Vestal would rip a ball to short that appeared to be the third out of the inning but an Estacado throwing error allowed Vestal to reach and Klose to score and Levelland took a six-to-five lead to the bottom of the ninth.

It would be all the motivation Lobo relief pitcher Dylen Wolfe would need. Two fly balls and a strikeout later Levelland was celebrating a six-to-five nine inning win and an eight game winning streak in district play.

Levelland would get six runs on eight hits with one error and left nine while Lubbock Estacado would score five on seven hits with two errors and left 12 including the bases loaded in both the seventh and eighth.

Neither starter would figure into the decision as Tyler Marrow went five and a third for the Lobos allowing four runs with three earned on five hits, four walks, a hit batter and struck out nine. Ben Gonzales, Lubbock Estacado’s starter, worked five and one-third allowing five runs all earned on seven hits four walks an hit batter and five strikeouts.

Dylen Wolfe would claim the win in two and two-thirds innings allowing one run on two hits, five walks, an intentional walk and four punch outs. Oscar Delgado was the hard luck chuck loser allowing one unearned run in three and two-thirds. That run came on one hit, one walk, a hit batter and two strikeouts.

The win moves Levelland to 16-and-five on the year, runs their win streak to eight and moves the Lobos to eight-and-oh in district play. More importantly, Levelland now has a two game lead on Estacado in the race for a district title.

The Lobos return home for two in a row as they host the Lubbock Estacado Matadors on Friday night and the Big Spring Steers on Tuesday of next week.

Tune in the Lobos on Friday with Lobo Pregame Show at 6:30pm on Levelland Sports Nation on Facebook. Coverage on KLVT AM1230 and http://www.klvtradio.com will directly follow Loboette Softball.

DISTRICT SCOREBOARD:
Levelland 6, Lubbock Estacado 5 (9)
Snyder 11, Sweetwater 10
San Angelo Lake View 9, Big Spring 6

DISTRICT STANDINGS:
(1) Levelland 8-0
(2) Lubbock Estacado 6-2
(3) Snyder 4-4
(4) San Angelo Lakeview 3-5
(6t) Big Spring 2-6
(6t) Sweetwater 2-6

DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Friday April 9th)
Lubbock Estacado @ Levelland
San Angelo Lake View @ Big Spring
Sweetwater @ Snyder

DISTRICT SCHEDULE (Tuesday April 13th)
Big Spring @ Levelland
San Angelo Lake View @ Sweetwater
Lubbock Estacado @ Snyder

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