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Gobbler bats come alive

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Coming off a tough loss at Pleasanton (5-4) on March 30, the Gobblers were surely eager to get back on the field. They had the chance only two days later, when the Devine Warhorses came to town. With Jake Payne back in the lineup at DH [designated hitter] and Austin Schwarz pitching, Cuero cruised to a 15-1 win, bringing their record to 12-8.

After having missed several games with a hamstring injury, Payne was in the lineup at DH for the second straight game. The senior went 2-3 at the plate with four RBI [runs batted in]. He scored Schwarz on a double in the first; Tyler Maroney scored on Payne’s groundout in the second; and Payne belted a two-run homer in Cuero’s 10-run fourth inning that just carried over the right field fence.

“Thank God for wind,” Payne said of his homer and getting back in the lineup. “It’s been good. Seeing the ball really well. The swing has been smooth. Being able to hit through the injury has been really helpful. Hopefully, I can get in on defense soon.”

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