Mistakes cost Lions a 13-2 loss to the Falcons

Carson Schubert l Writer

Central Lyon right fielder Colby Postma throws the ball in after fielding it during a non-conference baseball game with West Sioux Tuesday, June 26, in Rock Rapids. The Lions were defeated by the Falcons 13-2. (Photo/Carson Schubert)

West Sioux 5-1-5-0-0-0-2  13

Central Lyon 0-0-0-2-0-0-0  2

ROCK RAPIDS-Central Lyon made early mistakes they couldn’t overcome in a 13-2 loss to West Sioux in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday, June 26, in Rock Rapids. 

“I felt a lot better about the last half of the game than the first half. First half we made way too many mistakes of all sorts of variety against one of the better 2A teams in the state,” said Lions’ coach Ben Docker.

Central Lyon scored two runs in the fourth inning. Colby Postma and Kaden Huisman each notched an RBI in the inning. Overall, Brady Wright led the offense with two hits. Jay Waagmeester added a double and a run scored. Kolten Bus had a sharp single to left. 

“Our at-bats, a couple guys showed some progress but we have to start doing a better job. It has been a key weakness for us. Hopefully this week we can turn that around,” coach Docker said. 

Carter Krull was on the mound for the Lions. He pitched one-plus innings, allowed four hits, six runs of which three were earned, two walks and no strikeouts. Thomas Skidmore came in for relief. He pitched the final six innings, allowed nine hits, seven earned runs, two walks and had two strikeouts.

“I was happy with Thomas coming in and settling us down and being able to finish the game,” Docker said.

Central Lyon snaps six-game skid

Sibley-Ocheyedan           0-1-3-0-0-1-0  5

Central Lyon                      2-0-0-0-0-0-4  6

ROCK RAPIDS-Central Lyon ended a six-game losing streak Wednesday, June 27, by scoring four runs in the seventh to walk off with a 6-5 win over Sibley-Ocheyedan in a Siouxland Conference baseball game in Rock Rapids. 

The Lions were down 5-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. They started scoring on an RBI fielder’s choice by Colby Postma, which scored Jay Waagmeester. Kolten Bus then scored on a passed ball. Zed Heimensen singled on a ground ball to the shortstop to bring in Postma as the tying run. Carter Krull then scored the winning run on the throw by the shortstop that ended up going down the right field foul line.

“Really proud of the way the guys battled. In the seventh I thought we put together some really good at-bats. Guys were just grinding, working some deep counts and ultimately finding a way to get on base. Guys just never quit. I almost dislocated my shoulder waving my arm so much (when waving the winning run in),” Central Lyon coach Ben Docker said.

The offense was led by Brady Wright, Waagmeester and Heimensen who had two hits apiece. Wright also drew a walk. Waagmeester also scored two runs. Heimensen also added an RBI. Bus had a hit, a run scored and an RBI. Postma scored a run and had an RBI. Krull scored once. Thomas Skidmore and Bryce Vande Weerd each had a hit, while Jake Pytleski scored a run as a courtesy runner. 

Kaden Huisman made his second start on the mound this season after an injury caused him to miss a month. He pitched seven innings, allowed 10 hits, five earned runs, had one walk, three hit batters and had eight strikeouts. 

“Kaden was a little rusty. That was to be expected. He started the Okoboji game (May 24) way back in the first week of the season. So, it’s been a while since he got a start. He had some control issues, which he’s usually all over the strike zone. Kaden had to battle through some stuff, but he kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win,” coach Docker said.

Lions fall 10-0 to rival Wildcats

Central Lyon 0-0-0-0-0-X-X  0

West Lyon 1-5-3-1-X-X-X  10

LARCHWOOD-Central Lyon couldn’t score any runs, committed four errors and was defeated by Class 2A second-ranked rival West Lyon 10-0 in five innings in a Siouxland Conference baseball game in Larchwood Thursday, June 28. 

The Lions were a threat in the first inning as Brady Wright led off the game with a single and then they proceeded to load the bases with nobody out. However, Wildcat pitcher Jaden Snyder got out of the jam. Central Lyon totaled two more hits after that inning, a double by Carter Krull and a single by Colby Postma.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game going in against West Lyon. They are pretty good as the rankings show. We had a great opportunity right off the bat. Unfortunately, we walked away in that inning without scoring. They’re a good ball club and we made one too many mistakes,” said Lions’ coach Ben Docker.

Kolten Bus was on the mound for Central Lyon. He pitched three innings, allowed five hits, nine runs of which three were earned, two walks and had three strikeouts. Jay Waagmeester came in for relief. He pitched one inning, allowed one hit, one earned run and had one walk.

“I thought it was one of Kolten’s better outings. He’s been good for a couple of innings and then he kind of loses his command. I thought he had pretty good command all night. Jay is a kid that actually threw well on JV last year and he was a kid we were kind of counting on heading into the season. He’s been bothered by some arm issues and now got things cleared up with doctors. They gave him the green light to start throwing again. He’s a guy that has a lot of potential for us on the mound,” Docker said.

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