Thursday, April 6, 2006
Lions dominate Blue Devils
The H.W. Byers Lions are off to a good start with a 5-1 record in district play and a 5-2 mark overall after their game with Ashland on March 28.
Playing at home the Lions sent Terdarin Bryson to the mound first. He made the first Blue Devil batter ground out to first, but sent the second batter to base on balls. Bryson was settling down and making his deliveries smoother. The Blue Devil runner stole second and third on a passed ball. That was as far as he advanced. Bryson retired the side moments later, leaving the runner stranded at third. Bryson had struck out two and walked one.
The Lions’ Justin Stephens loaded the bases on a single with zero outs.
Terrance Hale scored Byers’ first run on a forced walk and Tristan Kizer crossed the plate second after tagging up on a pop fly. They had two players left on base when Bryson was thrown out trying to steal home.
They had another player caught off base at third. When the first inning was completed the Lions were ahead 4-0.
The struggle continued for the Blue Devils. They put a man on base but he was thrown out at second. The Blue Devil hitters were not having any success against Bryson. Their final batter grounded out to the pitcher.
Victoren Hooker punched a double to center field with the bases loaded and scored a pair. The Lions pushed in five more runs before being sent to the field. After two complete innings, they led 11-0.
The Blue Devils’ pitcher allowed a full boat, but had cleared it to one before Kizer stepped up and hit a solid blast clearly over the left field fence. That added two more for the home team.
A couple of plays later, a Byers batter sent one under the fence in center field which was ruled a double. But this meant another run for the Lions.
The Blue Devils made a pitching change, but the Lions still scored two more times to make a final score of 16-0. The game would be halted after the top of the fifth under the slaughter rules.
The Lions had sent a freshman pitcher to the mound to work the last inning, Terrance Hale. He struck out two and walked two. Bryson got the win with one hit, five strikeouts, four walks and no errors.
Head coach Eddie Dixon of the Lions stated that his team is young (two seniors on the roster), but he sees definite signs of maturing.
“We are looking to better our run than in last season’s stretch,” he said. “We just have to get them to realize that we need dedication.”
The Blue Devils also have a young team with just one senior on the roster.
The Lions were scheduled to play games on March 31 and April 1. Stats from these games were not available.
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