Thursday, April 8, 2010
Lions pound Cougars
By CLAUDE VINSON
Chance Lykens took the mound for the H.W. Byers Lions in their contest on the diamond with the Blue Mountain Cougars on Tuesday of last week.
The eighth-grade hurler showed poise as he went to work – four pitches and three were strikes. He awarded the next two batters with bases. He struck out the next batter, but the Cougar runner on third stole home. He sent the next batter back to the dugout. The Cougars left runners on first and second.
Brandon Willard stepped to the hill for Blue Mountain. Byers coach Bo Sellers gave the second batter in rotation the bunt sign. It worked. The Lions had men on first and third, then the bases loaded, thanks to a walk. Justin Sellers stole home on a passed ball to give the Lions their first score. Christopher Echols caught the pitcher on a 3-2 count and sent a fast grounder between the shortstop and the third bagger for a double. He also picked up two RBIs. Robert Penilton followed him with another double.
The Cougar pitcher was having problems with Lion hitters. The Blue Mountain coach made a mound change after the pitcher walked in two more runs. He was replaced by Matt Hopkins. He gave the Lions their first out. Germaine Glass stole home. Sellers stepped up and met a short pitch and dropped it right in front of the right fielder. He knocked in two Byers runners. That gave the Lions an 8-1 lead, still in the first inning. Corderrious Stone banged a single and drove in another run. The Cougars retired the side on a strikeout after the Lions had scored three more. After one complete inning the Lions led the Cougars 12-1.
The Cougars were held scoreless during their time at bat and at the bottom of the second Hopkins was replaced on the mound by Corey Carson.
Sellers blasted another double to start the hitting for the Lions in their second turn at bat. Echols connected again with solid steel and sent the horse hide almost to the center field fence for an inside the park round tripper. He also drove in the Lions’ 14th run. They would score twice more before taking the field.
Coach Sellers sent Courtney Fitzpatrick to the hill in relief. Fitzpatrick held the Cougars hitless and ended the game 16-1.
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