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Cowboys, Lions win

King pitcher Ryan Kibler hit a grand slam and threw a one-hitter as the Lions defeated Leto 12-0 in a Class 6A-District 5 quarterfinal Monday night.

The Lions (13-10) face Gaither (14-8) in the semifinals. The Cowboys defeated Chamberlain 9-6.

Kibler struck out 11 batters in the nightcap, shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Kibler (3-4) gave up only a hit in the fifth to pinch-hitter Rick Jones.

"He's a good pitcher, but we didn't think he'd keep us to one hit," Leto coach Landy Faedo said. "King played a complete ballgame and really outplayed us."

Kibler's second-inning homer capped consecutive six-run innings King started the game with.

Gaither used two four-run innings to end the Chiefs' season. Pinch hitter Richie Garwacki iced the game for the Cowboys with a 2-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Danny Giordano (8-3) earned the win, and fell one out short of a complete game. Shevin Craine, who will start Wednesday against King, struck out the final batter.

"Danny sort of ran out of gas at the end, but it was a good little tune up for Craine, who was going to have to throw in practice (today) anyway," Gaither coach Frank Permuy said.

Chamberlain (13-11) scored twice early but got into trouble when three base runners were picked off in the first two innings.

East Lake and Hillsborough meet at 4 p.m. today at Gaither; the winner faces Tampa Bay Tech in the other semifinal.

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