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Keng's big day lifts Deer over La Porte for district title

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Neither rain or gusty winds could dampen the Deer baseball team’s one-game playoff for the district title at La Porte. With the top spot in 22-6A hanging in the balance, Chase Keng collected three hits and eight RBIs to ignite a 17-3 win over the Bulldogs. Next up for the Deer is Summer Creek in the first round of the playoffs.

The Deer baseball team needed a few things to go their way to secure a shot at the District 22 -6A title. The team forced a playoff game against La Porte with a 4-1 victory at West Brook Friday.

The game, originally scheduled to be played against the Bulldogs at Baytown Sterling was washed out by Saturday morning’s storms. The rain forced the Deer to travel to La Porte for the game where the Bulldogs would have home field advantage.

Instead, thanks to Chase Keng’s 8-RBI day and Payton Sherlin’s strong outing on the mound, the Deer couldn’t have felt more at home.

Keng’s big day began in the first inning, when he knocked a two-run homer out of the park to stake Deer Park to an early 2-0 lead.

In the second, Deer Park’s merry-go-round offense went to work. Mark Barrow doubled home Connor Berry and Kolton Fowler to lift Deer Park to a 4-0 lead. Three batters later, Keng’s 2-run single drove home Austin Mitchell and Barrow as the Deer went up 6-0. Keng and Blaine Holden later came around to score on Josiah Ortiz’s single to center field.

Deer Park’s day wasn’t over yet. Holden’s bases loaded walk plated Fowler, bringing up Keng.

Keng’s knocked the third pitch of the at bat over the left field wall for a grand slam, scoring Fowler, Barrow and Mitchell ahead of him, giving him three hits and eight RBIs. Deer Park led 13-0

Meanwhile, Sherlin racked up another strong start, scattering six hits and no runs through four innings. He struck out three and walked none in his effort.

In the Deer Park fifth, Keng scored his fourth run of the game on Ortiz’s 2-run single, scoring with Clay Aguilar to raise the score to 15-0.

The score became 17-0 when the Bulldog shortstop misplayed Taylor Lee’s grounder, scoring Ortiz and Blake Martin.

The Bulldogs found the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs of Adrian Gonzalez in one-third of an inning. Ortiz came on and got the last two outs to seal the title for the Deer.

Deer Park opens the playoffs against Summer Creek in a best-of-three series. Game 1 will be at Summer Creek at 7 p.m. Game 2 will be at Deer Park at 2 p.m. If Game 3 is needed, it will be played after Game 2 at Deer Park.