by Phil Aumiller
After their 4-1 showing at the Burlington Invitational Tournament, Lyons brought their 7-1 record into league play. Three games and one week later, they were 9-1 overall and 1-1 against Patriot League opponents. Coach Kyle Schuyler said “I was pleased with our overall effort during the tourney. It was unfortunate to run out of gas (against Lamar), but the girls came back in a big way on Saturday.” Though
they fell victim to a tough Berthoud team on Thursday, they showed that they remembered how to come back in a big way by trouncing Eaton and Sheridan Tuesday and Saturday.
Eaton at Lyons
Thanks to an eight-run third inning, the Lady Lions started league play by stomping Eaton 13-7 on Tuesday, though their coach would have liked them to stomp a little harder. Leading 10-4 in the middle of the fifth inning, Coach Schuyler wanted to give his pitching staff some well-deserved rest, so he asked his team to give him 4 more runs and end the game by mercy rule. Instead, they got three and ended up playing two more innings. “It is always nice to beat Eaton in any sport,” commented Schuyler. “Once again, the girls came out swinging the sticks and we were rewarded with a big inning. I wish we had put them away in the 5th inning, but that’s something we’ll learn to do” In that fifth inning, Rachel Bashor singled and then Jaicy Sutak and Baylee Subbert both contributed RBI doubles, but some sketchy baserunning ended the inning without ending the game.
The Lions’ big third inning featured 8 singles, with two apiece from Sutak and Madison Myers. Sutak and Katy Hickey each drove in two runs. Dana Arling, Kelly Williams, Maddie Aumiller, and Madison Myers each drove in a run in the third.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Eaton 1 0 2 1 0 3 0 7 10 1
Lyons 0 2 8 0 3 0 - 13 14 1
Lyons Hitting: Sutak 4-4, Aumiller 1-4, Myers 2-4, Subbert 1-3, Williams 2-4, Hickey 2-4, Johnson 0-3, Arling 1-3, RBashor 1-4
2B_ Subbert (3), Sutak (3). RBI_ Arling (2), Aumiller (9), Hickey 3 (7), Myers (5), Subbert (6), Sutak 3 (13), Williams (7)
Battery: Sutak to Myers
Pitching: Sutak 7 IP, 7 ER, 10 H, 8 K, 5 BB
Junior Varsity: Eaton at Lyons
The JV Lady Lions battled to a 5-5 score in three innings before the game was called because of darkness. Sammi Bashor, Madeline Wallace, Emily Peck, and Kimy Harrison all hit singles.
Berthoud at Lyons
Things didn’t look so good for the Lions in the top of the first inning. The first two Berthoud batters walked and the third one unloaded a towering shot that cleared both the softball fence and the baseball fence to give them a 3-0 lead. The Lyons defense did its best to stop the bleeding, nailing two runners at the plate, but pitcher Kelly Williams had some control problems and Berthoud had some good hitters, so the score was 6-0 before the Lions came to bat. Williams pitched well after that, giving up only one additional run in the next three innings, but Lyons batters just couldn’t string together their hits and they got shut out. Jaicy Sutak pitched the final three innings, giving up an earned run in the sixth and three unearned runs in the seventh, as Berthoud handed Lyons its first league loss by a score of 11-0.
The Berthoud defense was flawless, cleanly fielding everything that came their way, and perfectly executing a 6-4-3 double play in the seventh inning. The five brief bright spots for the Lyons offense were spread over the final four innings, when Jaicy Sutak, Katy Hickey, Maddie Aumiller, Kelly Williams, and Kayce Johnson each contributed a base hit.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Berthoud 6 0 0 1 0 1 3 11 14 0
Lyons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
Lyons Hitting: Sutak 1-3, Aumiller 1-3, Subbert 0-3, Williams 1-3, Hickey 1-3, RBashor 0-1, Johnson 1-1, Arling 0-3, Theriault 0-1, King 0-1, Wallace 0-2
2B_ Sutak (4).
Battery: Williams and Sutak to Hickey
Pitching: Williams 4 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 1 K, 6 BB, 1 HBP. Sutak 3 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 1 BB
Berthoud at Lyons
The Lyons JV team lost 9-5 to Berthoud, but made it interesting in the last inning when Michelle Mikoni drilled a ground ball down the third base line and motored around the bases for a three-run inside the park homerun. Kimy Harrison and Hayley Theriault also had base hits.
Lyons at Sheridan
The Sheridan Rams moseyed onto the field Saturday morning, looking like they had really rather be someplace else. Lyons did nothing to make them change their attitude, scoring at will through the four inning game. This time, when Schuyler told his team to score five runs in the fourth so they could go home early, they responded by scoring nine. The game was a bit monotonous, with lots of walks and wild pitches by the Sheridan pitchers. Base hits are always fun, though, and Lyons churned out ten of those. Kelly Williams, Katy Hickey, and Hayley Theriault had two apiece.
On defense, Lyons was very tough. Rachel Bashor stole a base hit from a Ram batter with a beautiful running backhand grab near second base in the first inning and Dana Arling did the same thing a couple innings later. Kayce Johnson gobbled up two hard grounders at shortstop and followed them each with a perfect throw to first. The only Sheridan ball to reach the outfield was a solid double over Theriault’s head in left field. The Sheridan batter tried to stretch it into a triple but was gunned down by Johnson’s relay throw on a close play at third.
On all accounts, it was a lopsided win, and was a good answer for Thursday’s lopsided loss. Lyons travels to Brush on Tuesday before facing top-ranked Valley at home on Thursday and then the upstart Mead team in Lyons on Saturday.
1 2 3 4 R H E
Lyons 4 2 3 9 18 10 1
Sheridan 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
Lyons Hitting: Sutak 1-1, Arling 1-1, Aumiller 0-0, Mikoni 0-0, Williams 2-4, Subbert 0-2, Wallace 0-2, Hickey 2-4, Johnson 1-2, RBashor 1-2, Theriault 2-2, King 0-1
3B_ Williams (4). RBI_Bashor (5), Hickey 2 (9), King (1), Subbert (7), Theriault 2 (3), Williams (8).
Battery: Sutak and Williams to Hickey
Pitching: Sutak 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1. Williams 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB