Cleburne ace keeps Guyer guessing in area-round victory

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Thursday night’s one-game 4A area-round playoff was a shell game for Cleburne starting pitcher Dylan Schneider.

With excellent command of three pitches, the right-hander kept Denton Guyer guessing throughout the night, leading to a 2-0 win at Fort Worth Arlington Heights.

Schneider (11-1) fed a majority of Guyer’s batters a hard-cutting slider or a looping 10-6 curveball early in the count through the early innings.

“We got a good scouting report from our coaches from previous games, so we had a pretty good idea what we were going to do with them,” Schneider said.

In the bottom of the seventh, Schneider switched his approach, pounding Guyer (19-11) inside with fastballs, expecting them to sit back on the off-speed pitches.

The result was a complete-game shutout with Schneider striking out 10 Guyer batters, six looking on his slider, while walking just one. Schneider allowed only four hits.

“We were expecting them to sit slider,” Schneider said. “That’s usually what they do is sit more and more, and I blow it by them inside when they’re looking for the off-speed.”

Cleburne (27-3-1) scored both of its runs in the second inning, which began with a leadoff single by shortstop Tyler Fowler.

Fowler eventually scored on a wild pitch with designated hitter Logan Runyon at the plate. Runyon followed that play by belting a single into left center to drive in Schneider, who reached after being hit by a pitch.

Guyer’s biggest threat came in the sixth after right fielder Tristan Brown singled and left fielder Connor Herriage reached on a walk to put two on with no outs.

Schneider followed with three straight outs, including a called strikeout to end the danger.

Thursday was Cleburne’s second straight one-game playoff victory, both won with Schneider on the mound.

“I kind of embrace it,” he said. “I’m not really scared of them.”

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