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Lions stay alive on Janes’ walkoff hit

Lions stay alive on Janes’ walkoff hit
Lions stay alive on Janes' walkoff hit | Dresden Lions, baseball, Jay Wainscott, McKenzie Rebels, Seth Foster, Matt Beaty, Daniel Janes, Daniel Harris, Gatlin Hatchel

Tag, You’re Out — Dresden first baseman Jay Wainscott (right) applies the tag to McKenzie’s Seth Foster in the Lions’ walkoff win on Monday. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
The Dresden Lions extended their season by a game when Daniel Janes made the McKenzie Rebels pay for intentionally walking the winning run in the form of Matt Beaty for a 6-5 Dresden win.
The Lions will play again this afternoon at 4:30 in a must-win contest to earn a chance to play for the District 13-A Tournament title. The victory advanced Dresden to within one win of a regional tournament berth.
With Dresden trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Daniel Harris roped a single to left field and advanced to second when MHS left fielder Seth Foster misplayed the ball. Representing the winning run, Beaty, who has 19 homer this season, drew his third intentional walk of the day.
“It’s the ultimate sign of respect. He’s even been intentionally walked this season with the bases loaded. He’s got 40 to 50 walks and about half are intentional. He’s a great player,” DHS head coach Scott Killebrew said of Beaty.
Killion Davis came on as a courtesy runner for Beaty, who tweaked his ankle the previous time he was on the base paths.
Then Janes stepped to the plate looking for both respect and some payback. The senior smoked a double to left that brought home Harris with the tying run and Davis all the way from first with the winning run. Lions streamed out of the dugout to celebrate the walkoff win.
“Janes has come up big for us and tonight was no exception,” Killebrew said.
McKenzie took the early lead with a run in the first inning. Max Arnold chopped an infield single, moved to second on Foster’s sacrifice bunt and later scored on a passed ball.
The Lions took the lead with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the third. Colin Kanehl led off with a bunt single and moved to third on Gatlin Hatchel’s double. An error allowed Kanehl to score and Harris to reach first. Beaty surprised everyone by laying down a bunt. McKenzie pitcher Cody Wallace fielded it, but threw wildly to first allowing both Hatchel and Harris to score. Janes then drove in Beaty for his first RBI of the day with a single up the middle for a 4-1 Dresden lead.
The Rebels retaliated with four runs on six hits in the top of the fourth to regain the lead at 5-4.
McKenzie had a chance to add to its lead in the fifth, but Nick Tucker got caught in a rundown between third and home to end the at-bat.
The Lions squandered a leadoff double by Harris in the home half of the fifth. Beaty drew his second intentional walk. An error loaded the bases. McKenzie escaped the jam thanks to an infield fly rule, a strikeout and a fielder’s choice.
After a scoreless sixth, the Lions put together their game-winning rally. Beaty earned the mound win in relief of Hatchel.

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