by Phil Aumiller
The weather was the MVP of Tuesday’s contest when Front Range Christian came to Lyons to try to play some baseball. The howling wind wreaked havoc on both teams, and eventually the game ended with Lyons losing 11-12. Both teams had a tough time keeping their hats from flying to Kansas, and every play was an adventure.
On the very first pitch, Lyons hurler Keith Albertson beaned the leadoff hitter, and the next batter hit a triple which, on a nice day, would have been a catchable fly ball to center. Then Albertson struck out the side, stranding the runner on third. Lyons scored with two outs in the bottom of the first when, thanks to the wind, a routine pop fly turned into a darting, hurtling, grass-seeking missile. In the bottom of the second, Grayson Gibson scored when Alex Scanlon hit a double that disappeared, along with the center fielder, in a swirling dust storm.
How any pitcher could actually throw a strike, or how any batter could actually make contact with the ball, or how any fielder could actually make a play is a mystery. Everybody looked like they were being tormented by an invisible big brother, randomly and maliciously shoving them. Periodically, between pitches, all players would face east and lean backward into the wind to keep from falling over and to keep from scouring their eyeballs with flying grit.
Front Range took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third, but Lyons took it back in the bottom of the fourth when they erupted for a 7-run 2-out rally that featured consecutive doubles by Zach Brodie, Keith Albertson, Haden Fesenmeyer, and Logan Watson. Grayson Gibson capped off the inning with a 3-run single.
Zach Brodie scored again for Lyons in the bottom of the 5th on another Albertson double (that’s 10 doubles in 6 games for Keith). Front Range tied the game at 10 in the top of the 6th, and then Gibson doubled in Taylor Keen to regain the lead in the bottom of the inning. The lead slipped away in the top of the 7th as Front Range scored twice on two singles and three walks. Lyons couldn’t get anything going in the bottom of the 7th, and the game ended, though the wind kept right on blowing.
123 456 7 R H E
Front Range Christian 103 033 2 12 11 4
Lyons 110 711 0 11 12 3
Lyons Hitting: Scanlon 2-5, Brodie 2-4, Albertson 2-4, HaFesenmeyer 1-4, Watson 2-5, Valadez 1-3, Keen 0-4, Gibson 2-3, Tomczak 0-3, HeFesenmeyer 0-1
2B: A Scanlon, Z Brodie, K Albertson 2, H Fesenmeyer, L Watson, R Valadez, G Gibson
RBI: A Scanlon, K Albertson 3, H Fesenmeyer, L Watson 2, G Gibson 4
Pitching: Albertson 5.1IP, 8ER, 9H, 10K, 1BB. Valadez 0.2IP, 0ER, 0H, 0K, 1BB.
Keen 1IP, 2ER, 2H, 1K, 3BB.
The Lions traveled to Greeley Thursday to take on the Dayspring Christian Eagles, and came up empty. The Eagles built a 6-0 lead after three innings before Lyons struck for a couple runs in the top of the fourth. Haden Fesenmeyer doubled in Kyle Dick to get things started and later scored when his little brother Heath hit into a double play. Dayspring got those two runs back in the bottom of the fourth on a run-scoring triple and a sacrifice fly. Each team scored a run in the fifth, and Heath Fesenmeyer scored on Zach Brodie’s single in the sixth. Lyons made a final push in the top of the seventh, when Kyle Dick and Roland Valadez both stole home and Haden Fesenmeyer scored on a passed ball, but it wasn’t enough, and they went down 7-9 to the Eagles.
123 456 7 R H E
Lyons 000 211 3 7 6 3
Dayspring Christian 321 210 0 9 9 1
Lyons Hitting: Scanlon 1-4, Brodie 2-3, Dick 1-4, HaFesenmeyer 1-3, Keen 0-1, Valadez 0-2, HeFesenmeyer 1-4, Tomczak 0-2, Gibson 0-3.
2B: HaFesenmeyer. RBI: Z Brodie 2, HaFesenmeyer, HeFesenmeyer 2
Pitching: Keen 6IP, 5ER, 9H, 7K, 6BB.
Spring break started Friday afternoon, so there are no baseball games until Tuesday, April 5, when Lyons travels to Strasburg. Then they play at home on the 7th and 9th against Alexander Dawson and Platte Valley.