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Hawk boys beat three SICL teams, drop doubleheader (Hometown Press article)

posted Jun 8, 2017, 9:29 PM by Shane Ehresman

Hawk boys beat three SICL teams, drop doubleheader

The Lynnville-Sullly varsity baseball team played five games in six days over the past week. They won all three games played against conference teams but dropped a pair of games in a doubleheader with Moravia.


The Hawks voyaged to Brooklyn and dominated the Bears, winning 13-1, on Wednesday, May 31.

L-S got out of the gates early. Bringing in three runs off of four hits versus BGM’s one run, the Hawks jumped ahead in the first inning. They would lead the Bears throughout the entire game. L-S didn’t stop at three runs, scoring six in the third, one in the fourth, and three in the sixth.

This strong offense got the Hawks the win in six innings.

“The bats were alive for the third straight game,” shared Coach Bob Scandridge. The Hawks were able to pound out 11 hits and score 13.

The L-S boys also had a strong defensive game, performing well when needed.

“The defense was also very solid as it turned a triple play to erase a rally in the fourth inning and a double play in the sixth inning,” Scandridge said.

Junior Elijah Collins throws to first on a double play against BGM.


The win went to senior Tyler Van Zante, who stayed on the mound for all six innings. Van Zante only allowed three hits and struck out five.


The next day, the Hawks made the trek to Moravia for a varsity doubleheader, losing both games to the Mohawks. L-S kept the Mohawks in sight during the first game but suffered a hard loss in the second game.

“We saw some good things out of our young pitchers,” Coach Scandridge said. “This was a non-conference contest against a good school, and we used it as an opportunity for growth for some of our younger pitchers, and overall, I thought we did a lot of positive things.”  The first game was an extra inning game that was dominated by pitching and defense, with the Hawks walking away losing 4-3 in the ninth inning with a close call at the plate.

L-S kept up with Moravia throughout the entire game. The Hawks had a 3-1 lead coming out of the third, but Moravia quickly came back to tie the game, 3-3, at the end of the fourth.

Junior Corbin James lays down a bunt in last Wednesday’s game versus BGM.

Both teams battled it out until the ninth, when a player from the Mohawks singled on and was hit home on a double, forcing the umpire to make a close call at the play.

The game ended 4-3, the Hawks on the losing side. L-S went through three pitchers, senior Isaac Collins pitching 3-2/3 innings, freshman Blaize Kuhlmann pitching 3-1/3 innings, and junior Josh Dunsbergen closing out the last inning. Together they allowed five hits and struck six out.

Moravia took control in the second game, beating the Hawks 9-1. The L-S boys struggled defensively, walking 11 and going through three pitchers. The Mohawks scored nine off of four hits.

L-S also struggled swinging the bats, totally three hits, with Kuhlmann scoring the Hawks’ lone run in the final inning of the game.


Back in action the next day, it was another close battle when the Hawks hosted the Warriors on June 2. This time, L-S came out on top with a 6-5 win.

The Hawks started ahead, scoring in the first inning, but then their bats slowed down. The Warriors acquired five more runs in the fifth, making the Hawks go into the bottom of the fifth behind 5-1. The Hawks fought back, scoring two runs of their own.

L-S didn’t allow any more runs from the Warriors and gained two more of their own in the sixth. The go-ahead run came in the bottom of the seventh. The Hawks had 11 hits and collected six runs. They ended the game with a score of 6-5.

  1. Collins started the game pitching, allowing five hits and five runs and striking out five. Junior Josh Dunsbergen closed the final 2-2/3 innings for the win, striking out three of his own.

Belle plaine

To start a new week, the Hawks were able to walk away with their heads high after a 10-3 win over Belle Plaine on Monday. This was a big win for them because heading into the game, Belle Plaine was tied with HLV – whom the Hawks also beat this week – for first place in the South Iowa Cedar League.

L-S did not start swinging the bats until late in the game, but once they did, they could not be stopped. Their first run came in the fifth, followed by another run later in the same inning. Moving on to the sixth, the Hawks came out of the inning with an impressive eight runs.

  1. Collins had one hit, one RBI, and one stolen base. Sophomore Rylan James went 2-4, scoring on both hits. Freshman Bray Noun-Harder scored twice and had one hit and one RBI.

The win went to senior Tyler Van Zante, who pitched 5-1/3 innings and threw nine strikeouts. Van Zante allowed six hits, which the Plainsmen turned into three runs. Kuhlmann came in the finish the final 1-2/3 innings. He struck out three.

The 6-3 Hawks were to host Sigourney on Wednesday and be at Keota on Friday.