by Phil Aumiller
The Lions started the week with an inspiring come-from-behind victory Tuesday against the Weld Central Rebels. Down 5-0 after three and a half innings, Lyons scratched out three runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to an error and a pair of RBI singles by Roland Valadez and Heath Fesenmeyer. Lyons spotted the Rebels another run in the top of the fifth, and then unleashed their fury for a 6-run barrage in the bottom of the inning. Haden Fesenmeyer started things off with a double to the gap in
left-center, and he scored on Keith Albertson’s hard liner up the middle. Then Weld Central brought in a new pitcher whose specialty seemed to be walking batters. The next four Lions got free passes and Alex Scanlon got plunked to force in the go-ahead run. With the bases still loaded and no outs, Zach Brodie hit a ground ball between short and third that the Weld Central third baseman laid out for and snagged. His only play was to second base, and another run scored. Then Brodie scored the Lions’ final run on Haden Fesemeyer’s second double of the inning. Pitching in long relief, Jesse Fisher retired 6 of the last 7 batters in the final two innings and Lyons wrapped up a nice 9-6 league win.
The Lions’ trip to Brush didn’t go so well. The game moved pretty quickly through four and a half innings, with only one runner reaching second base. Then Brush exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth on four hits, one walk, one hit batter, and one Lyons error. Lyons roared back a little in the bottom of the seventh, when Logan Watson reached on an error, Kyle Dick singled, and Alex Scanlon doubled them both in. Unfortunately, that was all they got, and they were sent packing with a bitter 6-2 loss.
Earlier this year, the first meeting with the Highland baseball team ended poorly, and the second meeting on Saturday was worse. Highland came from behind and scored 11 times in the top of the seventh to take a 20-12 victory.
The early part of the game showed a lot of promise for Lyons as they built a 9-2 lead after three innings. Haden Fesenmeyer got the only Lyons hit of the first inning, but they scored three runs through a combination of walks, an error, a hit batter, and a passed ball. In the second inning, Lyons added four more runs on a single by Taylor Keen, a double by Zach Brodie, and Logan Watson’s second homer of the season. The Lions scored twice more in the third, with Jesse Fisher tallying the lone hit of the inning.
Highland erupted for a 5-run 2-out rally in the top of the fourth, which started with a runner reaching base on a dropped third strike, followed by four hits and a walk. Then Highland tied the score at 9 in the top of the sixth with a two-run homer. Lyons got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth when Jesse Fisher answered with a homer of his own.
The top of the seventh was just plain ugly: eleven Highland runs on a leadoff single, four walks, two errors, two homers, and four doubles. Lyons made a little noise in the bottom of the seventh when Taylor Keen and Jesse Fisher each hit a double, but they couldn’t overcome the spanking they had taken in the top of the inning. The damage was done, and Lyons ended the week with an 8-run loss.
Lyons is now 5-8 overall, and 1-4 in Patriot League play. They travel to Berthoud Tuesday, then host University Thursday, and travel to Gilcrest to play Valley High School on Saturday.