Thursday, April 5, 2007
Lions drop district contest to ’Cats
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W. Byers Lions fell behind early in this one.
They allowed the Baldwyn Bearcats to score a pair of runs in the top of the first Friday and they retaliated with one. They didn’t add another score until the bottom of the fourth.
T.W. Bryson was the first hurler for the Lions. The Bearcats’ batters hit him four times to register two runs. One was a run-batted-in from a triple. The other was a double by Austin Martin which dropped just over short stop.
The Lions took the home stand and faced Cally Adams, who started off throwing fast balls. He was showing signs of slowing before the end of the first. The Lions’ score came when Victoren Hooker drove in Devin Moore.
The Bearcats got a hit in the second but ended with one man on. The Lions were three up, three down in their turn at bat, with the Bearcats’ pitcher recording one strikeout.
The Bearcats scored their fourth run on a double to left field. Coach Eddie Dixon had a mound conference and sent Brandon Starnes in in relief. Nicholas Tate tagged a runner trying to steal third.
The Lions held the Bearcats scoreless in the fourth while they put up two. The Lions had the tying runs on second and third with one out. Tate walked and the bases were loaded. Another walk sent Bryson home for a score.
The game was delayed for 25 minutes when the Baldwyn first baseman was injured.
The bases were still full when play resumed. Baldwyn made a mound change, calling up Koty King. He inherited loaded bases with two outs. The side was retired when the Lions’ batter popped to center.
The Bearcats scored five runs in the fifth and held the Lions scoreless the rest of the way. The Lions made six errors the rest of the way, most resulting in scores. Two runs came when Xzandrian Shelly hit one over the farthest part of the fence. They scored once more in the sixth and went on to win 10-3.
The loss dropped the Lions to 3-3 and the Bearcats went to 8-10.
Coach Dixon, after the game, said, “We just didn’t come ready to play today. It is hard to explain, but there is so much going on that these kids are involved in. We just have to try and pick it up.”
The Lions were scheduled to play again on Saturday versus East Union and on Tuesday of this week versus New Site. They travel to Belmont Friday. Game-time is 5 p.m.
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