The Roos ran out of rallies.
After rallying from a 4-1 second-inning deficit and an 8-4 deficit in the seventh, Killeen didnt have an answer for Wacos final two runs in the top of eighth, losing 10-8 on Monday.
Justin Rodriguezs RBI triple gave the Lions (12-12, 5-2 8-4A) their two-run cushion in the top of the eighth and then he retired the Killeen side in the bottom of the inning, getting Ryan Jones, Josh Yonker and Zach Blankenship, three of the Roos biggest sparks throughout, all to fly out.
It was very hard. I felt we could come back, said Yonker, who was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, an RBI and a run scored. I always had my hopes up as high as possible because we can do anything we put our minds to, but we came up short. Theres always Friday.
Blankenship was 3-for-5 with three singles, an RBI and a run scored. Jones was 2-for-5, but had an RBI single in the fifth, a triple in the seventh and scored in both innings.
Killeen (8-16, 2-5) chipped its way out of a 4-1 hole to tie the game at four in the fifth, but the Lions, who had just one hit between the second and seventh innings, took their 8-4 lead on three hits and four walks in the top of the seventh.
Its hard and these guys want to be in the playoffs hadnt been done in a long time and they can do it, Killeen coach Mark Carranza said. Its in Gods hands, not ours. Its determined, already, if were going to be there, so well find out as it rolls out, but were going to play and were going to play as hard as we can.
Jones tripled to lead off Killeens seventh and Yonker followed with his second walk in as many at-bats. Jones scored on a wild pitch to Blankenship, who eventually reached on a single and scored on a stolen base. Anthony Freeman loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch and Andrew Ramos drew an RBI walk, cutting the Lions lead to 8-7.
Jeff Wilsons RBI single tied the game and Deontre Huey, who was courtesy running for Yonker, almost scored the game-winner, but in a bang-bang play, was called out at home on Josh Allyns single.
I think the call at the plate was a close one and I think it couldve went either way and it went their way, Carranza said. They took advantage of it and scored two (in the eighth) and we couldnt come back from that.
The Lions got their first two baserunners of the night aboard on walks in the first and Brandon Borger and Tyler Massey followed with back-to-back run-scoring hits and Waco led 2-1 after the first inning. Waco opened the second inning and its 4-1 lead with three hits, including consecutive run-scoring doubles by Adrian Norwood and Collin Meza.
Yonkers RBI double plated Allyn in the bottom of the first for Killeen. Freemans sacrifice plated Huey, running for Yonker, in the bottom of the fourth. Yonker and Blankenship led off Killeens fourth with back-to-back singles before Freemans sacrifice.
Killeen scored two two-out runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Allyn doubled, and Jones and Blankenship each registered RBI singles to tie the game at 4.
There are some games where the other team may have a better pitcher and we really cant do nothing about it, but with teams like this, we can compete, Carranza said of the Roos rally. Thats what you want to do. You want to compete and some days theyre going to be your games and some days theyre not. Tonight, it wasnt.
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