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Llano baseball drops Game 1 in playoff series vs. Venus


VENUS — The Llano High School baseball team lost 3-0 to Venus in Game 1 of a Class 3A best-of-three bi-district series May 1.

Game 2 is set for 7 p.m. May 2 at the Yellow Jackets’ home field behind the Llano Elementary School, 1600 Oatman St. in Llano. Llano must win the next game to keep its postseason alive. Game 3, if necessary, is 3 p.m. May 3 at Troy High School, 205 N. Waco Road in Troy.

On May 1, Venus plated a run in the first inning off an RBI sacrifice bunt by Cody Norberg. Patrick Mathis, who committed to play for the University of Texas at Austin, then got an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

In the sixth inning, Norberg added another RBI with a single.

The winning pitcher was Kelby Storm, who gave up no runs off six hits with six strikeouts. Issac Hutto is credited with the loss. He gave up two earned runs off five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Llano had runners on first and second in the fourth and fifth innings. In all, the Jackets stranded seven runners.

This was the Jackets’ first appearance in the playoffs since 2008.