Bus’ three-run jack aids an 11-3 tournament victory

Carson Schubert l Writer

Senior Dylan Kruger lays down a bunt during a Class 1A District 1 baseball game with Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Tuesday, July 10, in Hartley. Central Lyon defeated the Hawks 11-3. (Photo/Carson Schubert)

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HARTLEY-Kolten Bus hit a three-run home run and helped lead Central Lyon to an 11-3 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in a Class 1A District 1 baseball game Tuesday, July 10, in Hartley. 

The Lions started their scoring in the first inning on that three-run blast from Bus. Jake Pytleski and Jay Waagmeester scored on the play. Central Lyon added another run in the top of the second to lead 4-0, before the Hawks added a run in the bottom half. The Lions added one in the top of the third and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn added two runs in the bottom of the inning. From that point on, Central Lyon was the only team to score. The Lions added three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the seventh. 

“I really liked what we did at the plate. We had some guys really squaring up the baseball tonight, which is good to see. Offense has been a struggle for us all year so it was great to jump right on them right away. We ran the bases well and were pretty good in the bunt game. We did a lot of great stuff offensively tonight,” said Lions’ coach Ben Docker.

Overall on offense, Brady Wright had three hits, including a double, and had two RBIs. Waagmeester and Colby Postma each drew a walk and scored a run. Bus added two more hits after his home run and went 3-for-3 for the game, with two runs scored, four RBIs, one stolen base and drew a walk. Kaden Huisman had a hit and stole a base. Zed Heimensen drew a walk, stole two bases and scored a run. Carter Krull had two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base. Dylan Kruger had a run scored, an RBI and drew a walk. Thomas Skidmore had a run scored and two stolen bases.

Wright was on the mound for the Lions. He pitched all seven innings, allowed six hits, three runs of which one was earned, one walk and had six strikeouts.

“The hardest thing about district play is trying to get your pitching set up to give you the best chance at each level. We were pretty confident that Brady would give us a quality outing for us and he was fantastic tonight. He hasn’t thrown seven innings all season,” said coach Docker.

Central Lyon was scheduled to play Akron-Westfield, who was receiving votes to be ranked in Class 1A, Thursday, July 10, in the second round of districts in Akron. 

“We’re going to have our hands full with Akron-Westfield, but we’re going to get after it and hopefully we can throw strikes and make the plays behind Kaden (Huisman) and get timely hitting,” Docker said.

Lightning delay favors opponent in final game

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AKRON-In a game that took three days to complete, Central Lyon saw its season come to an end in a 3-1 loss to Akron-Westfield Saturday, July 14, in a Class 1A District 1 semi-final baseball game in Akron. 

The Lions were planning to play and finish their second postseason game Thursday, July 12, but due to lightning and rain, didn’t play the final five innings of the game until Saturday, July 14. The game was delayed when the score was 1-0 Central Lyon in the top of the third inning.

“It was definitely out of the ordinary. It probably worked a little bit in their favor. The way we started Thursday night, Kaden (Huisman) was in his groove on the mound. Guys were playing with a lot of energy. So it would’ve been favorable for us to finish the game Thursday but it didn’t work out that way,” said Lions’ coach Ben Docker. 

The Westerners scored all three of their runs in the third inning and that was all they needed.

Huisman pitched six innings, allowed six hits, three earned runs, three walks and had three strikeouts.

“Other than the third inning, Kaden was really good. He gave us a chance to win. In high school baseball, if you hold teams to three runs, you’re going to have a chance to win,” coach Docker said.

Overall on offense, Kolten Bus scored a run. Huisman had two hits and an RBI. Carter Krull, Dylan Kruger and Thomas Skidmore each had a single.

“Offensively we just couldn’t string enough hits together. We had a couple chances where we couldn’t get a key hit when we needed to scratch some runs across the board,” Docker said.

Docker will miss the two seniors, but also is looking forward to the future.

“The toughest part about that last game is saying good-bye to two kids that have put a lot of time and energy into the program. Brady (Wright) and Dylan (Kruger) have definitely done that. Both of them are four-year players and are high character kids. They carry themselves in a very positive manner. Brady had a fantastic year for us and was one of our best hitters all season. Dylan got hurt before the season got started, but credit him for working and not throwing in the towel and coming back the last week of the season,” Docker said. “Looking forward to next year, we have a lot of returning players. We have to continue to build and it starts with our offseason workouts. Hopefully we can play better baseball right from the start next year.”

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