Thursday, April 14, 2011
H.W. Byers Lions fall prey to Myrtle Hawks on baseball diamond
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W. Byers Lions, coming off of a decisive win (14-4) over the Blue Mountain Cougars earlier in the week, hosted the Hawks of Myrtle Friday. It could have been a “Friday the 13th,” if one judged the results.
Justin Sellers was throwing first for Byers with Chance Lykens catching him at the plate. The first two Myrtle batters got on. Adam Baker was next in rotation and he hit a hard-hit, head-high double which got past the third bagger. A throwing error allowed two runs in. Baker was tagged trying to steal third and with two outs already the side was retired.
Russ Yates took the hill for the visitors and awarded a base to the first batter he faced. Lykens came up and rapped out a single and both runners advanced an additional base on a Myrtle error. Byers scored one run on a sacrifice and went out a play later. One inning was finished and the score was 2-1 favoring the Hawks.
The Hawks got on base but they didn’t reach the plate on their turn at bat, however, they left one stranded on third.
Yates retired two batters in succession and the last one was out by his own ball. Two completed innings and the score was still 2-1.
Yates took his turn at the plate and banged a double, then turned it into a run scored when the left fielder overthrew the third baseman. Myrtle scored again before going out and the score was 4-1. This stood when Byers went three up and three down to close the third.
The Hawks batted around and when Yates came up again he scored the runner on third, and in turn was sent home when Anthony Lipsey dumped one deep to left field. The bases were loaded and Myrtle scored two more on errors.
With two outs and two on in the top of the fourth, Coach Bo Sellers sent in Courtney Fitzpatrick in relief. It was a long half inning for the Lions, but a very profitable one for the Hawks. They netted 15 runs before Fitzpatrick turned them out.
The Lions loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth but it was to no avail. None of them crossed the plate.
Assistant coach Eddie Dixon said the same team which beat the Blue Mountain Cougars so handedly “didn’t show up today.”
The final score was 19-1.
The Lions hosted West Union Tuesday. They welcome Ingomar Friday for a doubleheader and go to Potts Camp next Tuesday, April 19.
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