By Phil Aumiller
After cruising through the District Tournament a week earlier, the Lyons baseball team hit a roadblock in the form of Byers pitcher Jake Eikleberry. Lyons managed only one hit against the hard-throwing lefty, and they struck out 14 times in his stellar 7-inning effort.
The first inning looked promising for Lyons, when Jesse Fisher and Zach Brodie drew consecutive walks, but the next two Lions struck out to end the inning. Lyons threatened to score again in the third when Alex Scanlon led off by drilling a shot up the middle on the first pitch he saw. Heath Fesenmeyer laid down a nice bunt to sacrifice Scanlon to second. Jesse Fisher hit a fly ball to right, but it wasn’t deep enough for Scanlon to tag and go. With Zach Brodie at the plate, Scanlon took third on a passed ball. Brodie fouled off several pitches before finally grounding out to the second baseman to end the inning. From then on, Eikleberry basically mowed down everybody except Taylor Keen, who walked in the fourth and again in the seventh.
The Byers defense had seven chances to make outs and they came through on every one.
The Byers hitters had a little better luck than Lyons did, banging out 7 hits and benefitting from two Lyons errors. Though Lyons did well to hold this tough team to only four runs, the Lyons bats just never came alive and their season ended with a 4-0 loss.
Byers went on to beat Limon in the afternoon contest, avenging a loss from a week earlier, and advancing to the State Semi-final game next weekend.
123 456 7 R H E
Byers 011 020 0 4 7 0
Lyons 000 000 0 0 1 2
Lyons Hitting: HeFesenmeyer 0-1, Fisher 0-2, Brodie 0-2, Albertson 0-3, HaFesenmeyer
0-3, Keen 0-1, Dick 0-3, Valadez 0-3, Scanlon 1-2, Gibson 0-1.
Pitching: Keen 4.2IP, 4ER, 7H, 5K, 2BB. Fisher 2.1IP, 0ER, 0H, 2K, 1BB.
Lyons made good on Coach Kyle Schuyler’s pre-season prediction to compile more than 10 wins. The team finished at 11-12, and brought home their first District Championship since 1995. Ten Lyons players will graduate on May 28th, leaving some big cleats to fill for the underclassmen.