Thursday, March 29, 2012
Lions dominate Coldwater
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lions of the diamond hosted the Cougars of Coldwater Friday afternoon and picked up their second win of the season.
Prior to the boys’ game, the H.W. Byers Lady Lions played their second fast pitch softball game of the season. They had lost a first game to Greenville St. Joseph’s a week earlier. The Byhalia Lady Indians won this game 23-1.
The Lions started with Justin Sellers on the hill and he kept the position the entire game. The Cougars’ J. Robinson dumped the second pitch in front of the center fielder for a double. Sellers then struck out the next trio of Cougar hitters to retire the side and strand their runner on first.
The pitcher for Coldwater was E. Newson and he didn’t allow a Lion to reach first in the opening inning. He had one strikeout, a bunt (thrown out) and a pop-out to center. It was scoreless after one complete inning.
Chris Echols began the hitting for Byers with a single. He was coached through a series of steals by coaches Eddie Dixon and Bo Sellers, reaching home for Byers’ first score. T. Hampton was awarded first and then stole his way home on errors by Coldwater. Germaine Glass hit a single and made it to third and no farther because the side was retired.
Sellers made quick work of the Cougars in the top of the third. He struck out one and then the following two were thrown out after hitting grounders to the infielders – three up and three out. Two and a half innings complete, and the Lions led 2-0.
The Cougar pitcher walked a Byers slugger and Jankel Scott stepped up and hit a single to drive the runner in. Echols, who had walked and was leading off on third, stole home on an error between the pitcher and catcher. The side was retired soon after with a 4-0 score.
The Cougars started to make some noise in their time at bat. Byers walked a batter and the bases were loaded by a hit and passed ball on third strike. D. Gunn stroked a double and picked up three RBIs on Lion errors. Gunn made it to third on another error but Sellers settled down again and turned back two batters. The Cougars had made the scoreboard and trailed by a single run (4-3).
The Lions went to work again and scored four runs. Meanwhile, the Cougars had made a mound change, putting a left-hander on the hill. The Lions scored four runs to make it 8-3. The Cougars would pick up another run in the fifth, as would the Lions, to make it 9-4.
The Lions held the Cougars at bay in the top of the sixth. Sellers then helped his cause by hitting a single. Scott singled and drove in a pair. The bats kept humming as Chance Lykens hit a double and unloaded the bases, reaching the “10-run rule.” The final score was 14-4.
The Lions’ record is 2-1 on the season with their next home game this past Tuesday, March 27, versus Myrtle. They host Blue Mountain Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and then visit Ingomar Friday at 5 p.m. Next Tuesday, April 3, they host Ashland at 5 p.m.
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