by Phil Aumiller
The Lyons baseball team visited the “Field of Dreams” at the Big Foot Turf Farm Monday, and left with a satisfying 11-9 victory over the Valley Vikings. On impossibly green grass in the middle of nowhere, Lyons made up for their six fielding errors by putting on a power-hitting display: launching two longballs and pounding out five doubles.The first three Lyons batters singled and tallied two runs on a fielder’s choice and one more on a bases loaded walk. Valley matched those three runs in the bottom of the first, and then Lyons struck for two more in the second on Keith Albertson’s line drive double to left. Jesse Fisher hit a three-run homer in the third, scoring Roland Valadez and Alex Scanlon. Lyons started the fourth inning with back-to-back doubles by Haden Fesenmeyer and Taylor Keen, and then Kyle Dick cleared the bases with another homerun to give them an 11-7 lead. The
Vikings rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Lyons managed to snuff out the threat and hang on for the victory.
This was a really significant win for little 2A Lyons against a tough 3A opponent. Valley was previously undefeated in Patriot League play.
123 456 7 R H E
Lyons 323 300 0 11 13 6
Valley 302 200 2 9 12 1
Lyons Hitting: HeFesenmeyer 1-5, Fisher 3-5, Brodie 2-5, Albertson 2-5, HaFesenmeyer
2-3, Keen 1-3, Dick 1-3, Valadez 0-2, Scanlon 1-4, Tomczak 0-0,.
2B: Fisher, Albertson, HaFesenmeyer, Keen, Scanlon. HR: Fisher, Dick. RBI: J Fisher
3, K Albertson 4, T Keen, K Dick 3
Pitching: Keen 6.1IP, 5ER, 11H, 3K, 4BB. Fisher 0.2IP, 0ER, 1H, 0K, 0BB.
Lyons returned home Tuesday to face the Eaton Rebels, but they seemed to have left their bats at the Turf Farm. For the second day in a row, the Lions were pitted against a very good 3A team that had beaten every Patriot League team it had faced. As a final home game fling (and to save their main arms for the remaining two games in the week), five Lyons Seniors pitched one inning a piece, giving up 21 hits (7 of which were for extra bases) and 22 runs. Meanwhile, the Eaton pitchers retired the first 7 Lions in order, and faced only two batters above the minimum during the five-inning game. The first Lyons baserunner was Roland Valadez, who was beaned in the third inning. In a classic “insult to injury” scenario, Valadez was quickly erased from the basepaths when he tried to advance to second on a passed ball and was gunned down by a laser beam throw from the catcher. Jesse Fisher broke up the no-hitter in the fourth by hitting a rocket over the left fielder’s head for a ground-rule double. Then Keith Albertson knocked him in with a line drive to right, for the only Lyons run. It is believed that these two hits were the direct result of desperate bribery by Coach Kyle Schuyler, who now owes Fisher and Albertson a couple tacos. Alex Scanlon, in his first (and probably last) pitching appearance, entertained the crowd in the fifth inning by utilizing the Eephus pitch (also affectionately known as “the floater”), a comically slow changeup that tends to make the batter laugh too hard to swing the bat effectively. Alex was trying to win a steak dinner from the game’s other four pitchers by giving up the least amount of runs. To his credit, the only Eaton run during his inning was unearned.
Though this game was basically over in the second inning, the Lyons players and coaching staff kept it in perspective by staying pretty positive and by sustaining a degree of levity. If you’re gonna lose, you might as well lose big.
123 45 R 0H E
Eaton 187 51 22 21 0
Lyons 000 10 1 2 3
Lyons Hitting: HeFesenmeyer 0-1, Fisher 1-2, Brodie 0-2, Albertson 1-2, HaFesenmeyer
0-2, Keen 0-2, Valadez 0-0, Scanlon 0-1, Tomczak 0-1, Crawford 0-1
2B: Fisher. RBI: Albertson.
Pitching: Valadez 1IP, 1ER, 2H, 0K, 0BB. Albertson 1IP, 8ER,6H, 0K, 4BB. Brodie
1IP, 5ER, 7H, 0K, 2BB. HaFesenmeyer 1IP, 3ER, 4H, 0K, 1BB. Scanlon 1IP, 0ER, 2H,
The Lyons bats came back alive in Estes Park Thursday, but came down with a case of Michael Jackson disease (glove on one hand for no apparent reason). Twenty Lyons hits (8 for extra bases) were not enough to overcome 5 costly errors as they gave the Bobcats 12 unearned runs and lost the game 14-16.
Keith Albertson led the hit parade with two doubles and a homer in his 4-5 day at the plate. Alex Scanlon had four singles, while Heath Fesenmeyer and Jesse Fisher contributed 3 hits apiece. Zach Brodie added a pair of singles and Kyle Dick hit a solo home run. Every Lion in the lineup got at least one hit, except for Grayson Gibson who contributed by drawing a bases-loaded walk in his only at-bat.
The nail in Lyons’ coffin was a fiasco that occurred in the bottom of the fifth, when four Lyons errors allowed the Bobcats to rack up 6 hits and score 9 runs. Looking on the bright side, it was a beautiful day, and the scenery in Estes Park was quite nice.
123 456 7 R H E
Lyons 133 050 2 14 20 5
Estes Park 102 490 0 16 14 4
Lyons Hitting: HeFesenmeyer 3-6, Fisher 3-5, Brodie 2-3, Albertson 4-5, HaFesenmeyer
1-5, Keen 1-5, Dick 1-5, Valadez 1-2, Scanlon 4-5, Gibson 0-0
2B: Albertson 2, HaFesenmeyer, Valadez, Scanlon. 3B: Fisher. HR: Albertson, Dick.
RBI: HeFesenmeyer 3, Fisher 2, Brodie, Albertson 4, Dick, Scanlon 2, Gibson
Pitching: Keen 4.1IP, 4ER, 10H, 6K, 4BB. Fisher 1.2IP, 0ER, 4H, 3K, 0BB.
The Lions continued to hit well on Saturday, when they faced the Mead Mavericks in a biting wind at the expansive Mead High School Varsity Field. Lyons outhit the Mavericks 14-5, and outscored them 10-3. Keith Albertson, Haden Fesenmeyer, and Alex Scanlon each had three hits, while Zach Brodie and Jesse Fisher had two apiece.
Fisher pitched a complete game gem, scattering those five hits over four innings, allowing only one earned run. The seventh inning ended with three nice fly ball outs, despite the nasty wind. The first tailed off toward the first base line, but Grayson Gibson tracked it down.
The second was straight into the wind but Kyle Dick nabbed it before it died in front of him in left field. The third was deep to the gap in right-center, but Gibson made his catch look a lot easier than it was, as he sprinted toward the fence and made a pretty backhand over-the-shoulder grab.
123 456 7 R H E
Lyons 211 400 2 10 14 3
Mead 003 000 0 3 5 3
Lyons Hitting: HeFesenmeyer 0-3, Fisher 2-3, Brodie 2-4, Albertson 3-5, HaFesenmeyer
3-4, Keen 1-4, Dick 0-4, Valadez 0-4, Scanlon 3-4
2B: Fisher, HaFesenmeyer. 3B: Fisher. RBI: Fisher, Brodie, Albertson 2, HaFesenmeyer 2, Keen 3.
Pitching: Fisher 7IP, 1ER, 5H, 8K, 3BB.
The District Playoffs start Tuesday at home against Denver Lutheran. The playoffs continue at Resurrection Christian in Loveland on Saturday.