Thursday, April 29, 2010
Lions beat Hawks
By CLAUDE VINSON
Kyle Skelton was the lead pitcher for the H.W. Byers Lions last Thursday. The first Hawk batter he faced was Demetri Oliver.
Oliver hit his second pitch, which went straight down the left field line for a single. After a walk, Holly High had two on with one out. Skelton retired the side with his second strikeout. The Hawks left two stranded.
Dean Bridgeforth pitched first for the Hawks. He gave out a couple of walks before Christopher Echols hit it solidly for a double and an RBI. The Lions then scored two more on a wild throw. The Lions were working off of two outs but put two more on via walks. Another run was walked in and the bases were left loaded for a second time.
Holly High made a mound change, replacing Bridgeforth with Anthony Chairez. Justin Sellers hit one a solid lick which was misjudged by the left fielder. He emptied the bases and made it to third. The side was retired before he could make it home. After one complete inning, Byers was ahead 7-0.
Sellers relieved Skelton on the mound. He gave out one charity base and got the last out on a strikeout.
Echols singled and made it home on errors. Chairez struck out the next two batters. This completed the second inning and the score was 8-0.
Chairez stepped up to the plate for Holly High and hit a sky-high double, which allowed the Hawks to score two runners who were already on base. The third Hawk run crossed the plate on errors. Two and a half innings were completed and the score was 8-3.
Back on the mound, Chairez was reaching his stride. He was getting plenty of zip on the ball. He had one Lion fly out and he had a pair go down swinging to close out the third.
At bat Jeremy Scruggs hit an inside-the-park round tripper which started out as a double. He and the base runner made it home on a Lions’ error. The Hawks crept a little closer at 8-5. The Lions would score one run in their turn at bat to finish the fourth at 9-5.
Byers warmed up a new pitcher in the top of the fifth. Germaine Glass stroked a single and drove in one run. He would cross the plate himself on a Lion error. The Lions didn’t cross the plate in the bottom of the fifth and the Hawks were two behind at 7-9.
Byers would go on to score one more run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 10-7. Holly High could not add to its total in the top of the seventh and the Lions closed out their season with a win at 10-7.
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