Taylor baseball

Taylor completed the season series against the Burnet Bulldogs in full force. On Friday, the Ducks collected 10 hits to down the Bulldogs on their senior night 8-1.

The Ducks got things going early in the game. Jayden Simank reached on an error by the shortstop to be the game’s first base runner. Simank would eventually race his way to third. After the first out, Cohen Tyree reached base via being hit by a pitch. Braylan Alderete would load the bases before the Ducks even got their first hit of the game.

Isaac Rivera singled to left field to knock in Taylor’s first run of the game. David Ortiz Jr. then followed suit a single to left of his own driving in Tyree and Alderete to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Ducks.

Simank led off the Ducks in the second with a triple and came home on an error by the first baseman to extend the Taylor lead to 4-0.

After the Ducks went down one, two, three in the third, Burnet finally broke through the run column with their only score of the game, cutting the lead to 4-1.

Taylor added more to their lead in the fifth. Ortiz Jr. singles and Matthew Aplin doubled to put two runners on. After Chris Fabian was fanned on five pitches Ryan Kennick singled driving in both Ortiz Jr, and Aplin to make it a 6-1 game. Kennick would advance to second on the throw from left field.

Jonah Adame would come on to run for Kennick. He would advance to third on a passed ball and then score via a groundout by Simank to make the score 7-1.

In the seventh Fabian would redeem his strike out snagging a three bagger and scoring Taylor’s final run after a Kennick single.

On the night Kennick went 2-for-3 and drove in three. Rivera went six innings before turning things over to Aplin in the seventh. He tallied nine strikeouts and gave up just two hits.

The Ducks move to 19-5 overall and 10-3 in district play. They will be seeking win number 20 on Tuesday as they host Georgetown Gateway. Taylor will conclude the regular season, still in contention for a share of the district title, on Friday as they travel to Georgetown Gateway.

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