Lions score on Mustang miscues for a 13-2 win

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GEORGE-Central Lyon was led by Gable Sieperda, both at the plate and on the mound, and the Lions beat Lyon County rival George-Little Rock 13-2 in six innings in a Siouxland Conference baseball game Friday, June 30, in George.

Solid pitching and 15 hits were enough for the Lions to get their second win over the Mustangs this season. They were also aided by some mistakes from their Lyon County rivals, especially in the first inning when Central Lyon scored four runs.

“We took advantage of some miscues on their part, but it’s baseball. You have to take advantage of a team’s mistakes and we were able to do that there,” said Central Lyon coach Ben Docker. “Got a couple guys on via an error and then our next guys came up and put good swings on the ball and we were able to scratch across four runs. So it was good to jump out to that 4-0 lead right away.”

Sieperda had a hit and a run scored right away in the first inning and finished 3-for-3, including a double, a run scored, an RBI, two stolen bases and a walk. He also did well on the mound. He went five and two-thirds innings, allowed only three hits, two unearned runs, five walks and had six strikeouts.

“Gable was throwing the ball real well, then we had a couple defensive miscues that helped them prolong innings. He kind of ran out of steam there toward the end, but defensively we have to be a little bit more crisp than what we were in the last few innings tonight. But otherwise, defensively, we’ve been doing a pretty good job up to this point. So, I hope we get things going right way again next week,” Docker said.

Central Lyon then added five more runs in the third inning, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.

“I thought we had some great at-bats today. Kolten Bus continues to swing a great bat for us since we got him into the lineup with Mitch’s (Van Beek) injury. He had four hits, Gable continues to swing a hot bat with three hits,” Docker noted. “I like the way some guys are swinging the bat right now. Even a couple of our outs were a couple of balls that were squared up and hit well.”

Bus had four of the 15 hits as he finished 4-for-4, including two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Brandt Boekhout went 2-for-3, including a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Brendan Huisman added a double, a run scored and an RBI. Ryan Metzger had a hit, run scored and stole a base. Jaydon Baker scored twice and stole a base. Brady Wright went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk. Carter Krull compiled a double, a run scored, three RBIs and a walk. Van Beek as a courtesy runner also scored twice.

For George-Little Rock, defense was a huge issue. None of the first nine runs scored by Central Lyon were earned. They committed five errors total all night, two of which came in the first inning.

“I told the guys if we made those plays in the first inning then it’d be a 3-2 or 4-2 game and then I like our chances there a little bit when we had guys on base,” said George-Little Rock coach Brian Luenberger.

Nathan Klingenberg started on the mound for the Mustangs. He went three innings, allowed seven hits, nine runs all unearned, three walks and had one strikeout. Blake Johnson finished the final three innings. He allowed six hits, four runs of which three were earned, one walk and had one strikeout.

“I thought Nathan gave us a chance to compete. You go out there in the first inning, you have a chance to go one, two, three, you miss the ball out in right field, miss the pick-off play and miss a little pop up right here. Should have been a one, two, three inning. Instead, next thing you know they have four runs on the board already. You can’t give a lineup like Central Lyon has, which will be even better once Mitch Van Beek gets there, extra outs let alone three extra outs in an inning and expect it to go well,” Luenberger said.

Offensively, the Mustangs had some difficulties. They had four hits and were not aided, for the most part, by the Central Lyon defense.

“Riley Van Wyhe made an excellent play at short stop. Brendan Huisman, I thought we burned him a couple of times but he adjusted and was able to make a play. Carter Krull made a couple nice plays out there. So they made some good plays and they have a good team with senior leadership. Best of luck to them we just have to keep getting better for ourselves,” Luenberger said.

Caleb De Kam had a solid game on offense, going 2-for-3. Matt Matuska was 1-for-2 with a run scored. Cole Riemersma had a pinch-hit single, while Al Aeikens drew a walk and scored the only other George-Little Rock run.

The season is drawing closer to an end, with tournaments starting Saturday, July 8, for the Mustangs. They play Clay Central-Everly in that game in George.

“We finally have some time off, Friday to next Wednesday, so that will be nice. We go Wednesday, Thursday next week, then we go Saturday. We have to hone in and make those routine plays. We have a big one at Sibley (Ocheyedan), one we thought we let get away when we played them here. Should be a good game over there. Then we’ll see what happens with Okoboji and then Clay Central-Everly,” Luenberger said. “It comes down to pitching and defense. If you do those things in the postseason, it’s all about who can scratch across a run or two. So we’ll definitely be geared up for that. When we want to play and we’re pretty focused, we can play with people. We just have to have that all the time.”

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