Lions get another ‘W’ in a 10-5 victory

Carson Schubert | Writer

Zed Heimensen looks at the Western Christian pitcher and begins to take a lead off first base during non-conference baseball Friday, May 25. Central Lyon defeated the Western Christian Wolfpack 10-5. (Photo/Carson Schubert)

Central Lyon                          0-5-0-4-0-1-0  10

Western Christian                  1-1-3-0-0-0-0  5

HULL-The Central Lyon baseball team picked up its second-consecutive win Friday, May 25, as the Lions beat Western Christian 10-5 in Hull. 

“Wins are great; it never gets old having the taste of victory after a ball game,” said Central Lyon coach Ben Docker. “Hopefully it keeps them hungry to continue on the two-game winning streak we have.”

Carter Krull made his first start of the season on the mound. He went 2-1/3 innings, allowed four hits, five runs all earned, two walks and two strikeouts. Cody Huisman came in for relief. He finished the final 4-2/3 innings and got the win. He allowed three hits, no runs, two walks and had four strikeouts.

“Carter started the game really well. He threw a lot of strikes, then he had a little bit of a hiccup in the third inning,” coach Docker said. “Great job by Cody coming in and settling us down. He was phenomenal. Great job on his part and hopefully that’s a sign of things to come from him.”

The Central Lyon offensive attack was led by Kolten Bus who went 3-for-4, including two triples, scored two runs and had two RBIs. One of the two triples by Bus came in the five-run second inning. Zed Heimensen had one hit, one run and one RBI. Brady Wright had a double and two RBIs. Kaden Huisman added two hits, including a double and two RBIs. Carter Krull had a double, a run scored, one RBI and drew a walk. Jay Waagmeester scored a run. Breyden Dieren had a hit and a run scored. Thomas Skidmore had a hit and two runs scored. Colby Postma had a hit, a run scored and drew two walks.

“Unfortunately, on offense, we were a little slow to get things rolling,” said Docker. “We’ve had a lot of quick first innings, but it’s good to see the guys building on their at-bats and putting together better at-bats as the game goes on. Kolten Bus just absolutely ripped the ball tonight with two triples. He’s a kid that we’re going to have to lean on, he’s a great hitter and hopefully he can lead us in some key spots this year.”

Central Lyon drops two in Remsen

Game 1

Central Lyon                               1-2-3-0-0-1-0  7

St. Mary’s-Remsen                 1-0-9-0-1-1-X  12

Game 2

Kingsley-Pierson                 0-4-3-0-1-0-6  14

Central Lyon                             0-0-0-0-1-0-0  1

REMSEN-The Central Lyon baseball team went 0-2 in two tournament games Saturday, May 26, as the Lions lost their first game 12-7 to St. Mary’s-Remsen and then fell in game two to Kingsley-Pierson 14-1.

“I really liked the way we started,” said Central Lyon coach Ben Docker. “Remsen’s got a really strong tradition for their baseball program. This year they’re ranked No. 5 (in Class 1A) in the state. To jump up on them early was quite an accomplishment, so I was really happy how they started the game.”

That quick start was due to the Lions’ offense scoring six runs in the first three innings including three runs in the third frame. Zed Heimensen had a hit, scored a run and drew two walks. Brady Wright had three hits in the game, including a double, and two RBIs. Jay Waagmeester had a double, two runs scored and drew a walk. Carter Krull had a hit and a run scored. Bryce Vande Weerd drew two walks, had an RBI and scored two runs. Thomas Skidmore drew a walk and had an RBI. Colby Postma had a hit, a run scored, two RBIs and drew a walk.

But Docker noted the Lions could have scored more.

“We had our chances, but we left a ton of guys on base,” coach Docker said. “We just couldn’t get that clutch hit. If it wasn’t for one bad inning, we were right there with one of the better teams in the state. Guys did a great job of being disciplined at the plate. We did a good job of getting some timely hitting.” 

Wright made his first start on the mound this season. He went 2-2/3 innings, allowed six hits, six runs of which two were earned, four walks and had one strikeout. Vande Weerd came in for relief. He pitched three innings, allowed two hits, two earned runs, four walks and had three strikeouts. Heimensen pitched the final one-third of an inning and allowed one hit, four runs three of which were earned, four walks and had one strikeout.

“I thought Brady started well,” said Docker. “Kind of been a theme for our pitchers. They do a really good job in the first couple of innings and then we hit a bump in the road and we can’t correct ourselves. Pitching-wise we just have to do a better job of being more consistent. We can’t have two really good innings and then one really bad inning.”

Central Lyon’s final game of the tournament against Kingsley-Pierson was a rough one. 

“This was the last game of a five-game stretch (in four days) for us and we were throwing a lot of young kids just because our other arms had already been used,” said Docker. 

The Lions were held to two hits in the game. Kolten Bus had one of the two hits. He drew a walk and scored a run. Waagmeester had the other hit, a double, that drove in Bus for the RBI. 

“They had their No. 1 pitcher running up against us and he’s one of the better pitchers in northwest Iowa. We struggled to get the bat on the baseball and sometimes you run up against a kid who’s tough on the mound and it’s hard to put the ball in play. It was just a struggle offensively for us in this game.”

Skidmore was on the mound for Central Lyon. He pitched five innings, allowed 13 hits, eight runs, seven of which were earned, three walks and had five strikeouts. Luke Rasmussen relieved him. Rasmussen pitched the final two innings, allowed three hits, five runs of which two were earned, two walks and had one strikeout. 

“A lot of their runs were earned,” Docker said. “Thomas started the game for us and he threw a ton of strikes, which we needed from him and ultimately they just did a good job of squaring up the baseball. It really wasn’t until the last inning that things got ugly where we didn’t do enough defensively. We had five errors and that’s just too many.”

Small squad comes up short to Sioux Central

Sioux Central                     2-7-5-0-3-X-X  17

Central Lyon                         0-0-0-2-1-X-X  3

ROCK RAPIDS-The Central Lyon baseball team was missing some key players due to a band and choir trip and the Lions lost 17-3 to Sioux Central in a non-conference baseball game Thursday, May 31, in Rock Rapids.

“There were a lot of tough circumstances for the game last night,” said Central Lyon coach Ben Docker. “Half of the team is in Florida on the band and choir trip. But I wanted to keep a game on the schedule just so we didn’t go a week without guys getting at-bats and getting some live game situations.”

Kolten Bus started the game for the Lions on the mound. He went 1-1/3 innings, allowed five hits, nine runs of which two were earned, four walks and had one strikeout. He was relieved by Colby Postma who pitched two innings, allowed two hits, three runs of which one was earned, two walks and had two strikeouts. Brady Wright pitched the final 1-1/3 innings. He allowed two hits, five runs of which one was earned, no walks and had three strikeouts.

“Our pitchers last night were alright,” coach Docker said. “We only gave up four earned runs. We just didn’t do a lot behind them. You can’t make 11 errors in a ball game and have a chance to win. Kolten did some good things. Brady came in and settled us down. Colby threw well. It was nice to get those guys some work with so many other guys gone.”

The Lions were also without one of their top pitchers, Kaden Huisman, who could be out for the season after suffering a fall off a farm building near Rock Rapids.

“We were counting on Kaden Huisman being able to pitch and then he got hurt the day before,” Docker said. “So then we lost another guy, which meant other younger guys had to step up. We asked a lot of some younger kids who typically don’t get varsity playing time. We had three eighth graders and two freshmen play that typically aren’t on the varsity roster.”

The Lions scored two of their three runs in the fourth inning. Postma delivered with a two-run double that scored both Bus and Carter Krull. Overall, Wright had a hit and a run scored. Bus had a hit, a run scored and an RBI. Krull drew a walk and scored a run and Postma had the two-run double.

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