Magnolia knocks Lindale out of state playoffs

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Lindale High School’s baseball season ended in Bryan this past Friday (May 11) as the Magnolia High School Bulldogs dropped the Eagles 6-1 and 15-1 in the area round of the Class 5A playoffs.

The Eagles finished their season with a 23-8-1 record after taking second place in District 17-5A this year.

Magnolia will now go on to play Georgetown in the regional round. Georgetown defeated another 17-5A team, Ennis, in the area playoffs. The Tigers finished third in district behind Lindale.

Magnolia was led by two Major League Baseball prospects – pitcher Adam Kloffenstein and infielder Jordan Groshans – to advance past the Eagles.

In game one, Kloffenstein fanned nine and one unearned run in a complete game win in the opener while in the second Groshans homered to help the Bulldogs secure the win.

Lindale put together a threat in the top of the second in the first game, with runners on first and third with no outs. Kloffenstein defused the threat with two strikeouts and a caught stealing.

He helped his own cause in the third with run-scoring single.

An inning later, Brandon Burckel tied the game for the Eagles coming home on an error.

In the fifth inning, the Bulldogs decided things with four runs on a single which brought in two runs and another RBI single later in the inning.

Lindale starting pitcher Collin Cooper went 4 2/3 innings while Kam Wheeler went the final 1 1/3 innings and recorded two strikeouts.

At the plate for the Eagles, Chase Rozell was the leading hitter with a double in his two hits.

In the second game, the Bulldogs used a five-run third inning en route to the 15-1 victory.

Brandon Burckel lined a two-out double in the fourth and got on the board when Travis Brown rapped a run-scoring single.

But Magnolia tacked on two more in the sixth and eight more in the seventh to close out the game.

Sebastian Coulter went five innings for the Eagles and suffered the loss.

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