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Baseball: King continues roll by topping Bloomingdale


Published:   |   Updated: April 7, 2013 at 05:08 PM
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Jim Macaluso has been at King High School for 38 years as head baseball coach and he's never had a run quite like this.

The Lions, who came from behind to defeat visiting Bloomingdale, 4-3, on Saturday, went undefeated in district (Class 6A-District 11) for the first time in Macaluso's long tenure at King, and now Macaluso and his veteran team, featuring 10 seniors, have their eyes on something bigger than just district. The entire senior class has advanced to regional in each of their first three years, but this could be the year when the Lions take the next step.

The Lions (15-3, 10-0) are done with district play until playoff time, but Macaluso set the Lions up with a tough non-district schedule to prepare for the postseason. Bloomingdale (13-7) was the first step on the way to a closing schedule that includes Alonso on Tuesday.

Macaluso, who got ejected during the third inning of the win over Bloomingdale, said his team is rounding into form at the right time.

"This is a club that has been fighting all year," Macaluso said. "We went undefeated in district and we talked about it. This has never been done in school history, but I like this team a lot right now."

Bloomingdale jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but King brought in junior Tyeler Checkley in the fourth and Checkley shut the door, with four strikeouts in three innings. He also got the Lions out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth.

With the Lions trailing 3-2, Brett Morales hit a bloop single that scored Tanner Williams to tie it. In the bottom of the seventh, Kevin Buckley doubled home Sam Rowe to give King the win.

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