Thursday, March 15, 2012
Lions down Hawks
By CLAUDE VINSON
County rivals, the Holly Springs Hawks and the H.W. Byers Lions, collided on the baseball diamond Tuesday night, March 6, at Sam Coopwood Park.
The Lions jumped ahead for good in the first inning.
After Justin Sellers walked, Trelorenz Stephens stroked a double and drove Sellers home for Byers’ first score. Jankel Scott was up next and hit one straight to the Hawks’ pitcher, who made a successful throw to the first bagger. The Lions scored twice more on Holly High errors before Chris Echols singled and stole to third. The side was retired on a passed ball.
Chance Lykens was on the hill for the Lions and made short work of the trio of hitters he faced. The inning was complete and Byers led 3-0.
The Lions left two men on in the top of the second. The runner on third was thrown out while trying to steal home on a passed ball. Lykens gave out one base in the bottom of the second but sent the rest of the Hawks’ batting corps back to the dugout.
Scott stroked a single for Byers and stole two to end up on third. Echols followed up with a double to left field which almost made it over the fence. After the home team batted and Byers had logged two more runs, the third was completed with the Lions in front at 5-0.
The wind had picked up and the temperature had plummeted to make it bitter cold, however, it didn’t seem to affect the players on either team. Courtney Fitzpatrick had ascended to the mound in the fourth for Byers. Holly High had a man on from a walk and a one out count. The Hawks’ batter flew out and the runner was cut off on a try for second (didn’t tag up).
The Lions’ batters began connecting. Sellers singled and Stephens came up with another single. They scored a run and Sellers got the steal sign from his base coach and ran for home. He went in on his stomach in a play which left his team puzzled. He was completely covering the plate when the Holly High catcher fell on him. He was called out by the plate umpire. Echols went to the plate and retaliated with an inside-the-park round tripper.
The Hawks avoided the five inning shutout when Danny Warren, assistant coach, coached a runner around the bases to home plate. After five completed innings, it was 10-1 in favor of the visitors.
Sellers took over the hurling chores for Byers in the sixth and struck out the first batter. The Hawks were retired before scoring.
The Lions took advantage of Holly High errors and scored five more runs including another round tripper inside the fence by Echols.
The Hawks scored run number two on some steals and a wild throw by a Lion infielder. The final score was 17-2.
The Lions’ pitching staff struck out a dozen and gave out two walks. The Hawks awarded five bases, made five strikeouts, and had a half dozen errors.
The teams were scheduled to play again at H.W. Byers on Thursday but did not play because of rain.
Byers’ next game is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 20, a home game against West Union.
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