At long last the second season is on deck for the Cedar Hill Longhorn baseball squad. Coach Fatheree led his team to a record of 15-12 (7-5) for the regular season finishing third in district 7-5A. Seniors Jon Faulkner, Joee Reyna, and Truman Guinn team with underclassmen Caleb Hamrick and Carlos Ramos to form an intimidating lineup. Cedar Hill has won 10 of their last 16 games but dropped their last two. Next is a tune-up versus rival Desoto Eagles who stand at 12-10 (4-5) this Saturday May 1st at 1pm in Desoto.
The Longhorns made the playoffs last year so this is a repeat trip, and the previous experience should serve them well. Jon Faulkner leads the Horns with 30 runs batted in and is fourth in the area with 13 doubles. Fellow seniors Reyna and Guinn have led by example also with Reyna bringing home 20 runs and Guinn ranking third in the area with four triples. Budding sophomore start Caleb Hamrick leads the Horns in homers with nine and second on the team with 26 rbi’s. Junior outfielder Carlos Ramos is one of four players batting .400 or better for Cedar Hill further displaying Cedar Hills potency at the plate. If there’s going to be a celebration for a long playoff run though, defense will have to rule as Cedar Hills playoff opponent the Jesuit Rangers specialize in that subject.
Head baseball coach Brian Jones has his Rangers flaming hot as they’re on an eight game winning streak, with the Dallas Morning News ranking them 4th in the area. Jesuit hasn’t allowed more than four runs during their winning streak so it will be imperative for Cedar Hill to be patient at the plate. The Rangers have a few imposing bats of their too led by junior outfielder Josh Bell who ranks second in the area with 11 homers and third with 35 rbi’s. Bell isn’t limited to being a power hitter batting for a .404 average while stealing 10 bases. Junior catcher Kevin Terry not only calls a good game behind the plate but he's a potent offensive threat hitting .366 with 19 rbi's and nine doubles. This will undoubtedly be a must see game next Thursday May 6th for the Bi-District Championship so don’t miss it!
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