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L-S baseball goes on three-game winning streak (Hometown Press article)

posted Jun 2, 2017, 11:24 AM by Shane Ehresman

L-S baseball goes on three-game winning streak

The Lynnville-Sully baseball team started the season off right by going 3-1 last week. After opening the season last Monday with a loss to Colfax-Mingo, the Hawks recovered with two conference and one non-conference wins in three straight nights of baseball action.

Montezuma

It took a couple of innings for the Hawks to establish their offensive game in the home outing against Montezuma on Wednesday, May 24. L-S put up its first four runs in the third inning, followed by two in the fourth and one in the sixth. Playing good defense throughout the whole game, the Hawks held Montezuma to one run and ended with a winning score of 7-1.

Senior Tyler Van Zante swung the bat well, going 2-4 at bat, including a double and three RBIs. He also had one stolen base.

L-S Coach Bob Scandridge commented on the reason for the late offensive success.

“Coming up to the plate the second time around, the players had a better feel for the pitcher and were more patient at the plate,” he noted.

Senior Isaac Collins connects with the ball against North Mahaska. He went 2-3 with a double and three RBIs.

Junior Josh Dunsbergen was credited with the win, pitching strong for 6-1/3 innings, giving up one run and striking out five. Dunsbergen was one out away from pitching a no-hitter. Junior Elijah Collins finished the last two-thirds of an inning to get the save, striking out two.

Iowa Christian Academy

The only non-conference game of the week was against the Trailblazers of Iowa Christian Academy on Thursday, May 25. The game was high scoring with the Hawks coming out on top, ending with a score of 17-7.

Lynnville-Sully had an offensive explosion early in the game, scoring five runs in the first inning and four in the second. More runs came later with two in the fourth, four in the fifth, and two in the sixth.

I. Collins and sophomore Rylan James led the Hawks with three hits each. E. Collins had three singles, one RBI, two stolen bases, and three runs. James also hit three singles, had four RBIs, and stole one base. Altogether, the Hawks were able to get 17 runs off of 15 hits.

Senior Isaac Collins came away with the win on the mound with freshman Bray Noun-Harder and sophomore Evan Squires finishing the game. Collins pitched two innings, Noun-Harder pitched three, and Squires closed the final inning. Iowa Christian Academy hit five off of these pitchers and scored seven. Noun-Harder had four strikeouts, and I. Collins and Squires each had one.

NORTH MAHASKA

The Hawks ended the week with a battle on the road against the North Mahaska Warhawks on Friday. L-S safely secured the win by the 10-run rule in the sixth inning with the Hawks up 13-3.

The Warhawks threatened the Hawks in the first inning, loading the bases, but the L-S boys were able to escape the inning without giving up any runs. L-S was able to score two off of three hits in the second inning. North Mahaska fought back with three runs of their own in the third.

The score was tied 3-3 going into the fourth when L-S started to swing a hot bat. They were able to rack up 10 more runs, two in the fourth and four in both the fifth and the sixth. Meanwhile, they held North Mahaska to their three runs earned early in the game.

Senior Caden Dunsbergen had a strong offensive game, going 4-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Junior Corbin James also had a double and went 2-4 with three RBIs. The Hawks were able to score 13 runs off of 15 hits.

“I thought we did an awesome job of overcoming control problems on the mound with excellent hitting and very strong defense,” said Scandridge.

The win went to E. Collins, who threw 2-1/3 innings. The Warhawks had two hits off of Collins and scored three runs. Collins threw four strikeouts. Senior Tyler Van Zante came in to relieve Collins and finished off the remaining 3-2/3 innings. Van Zante also had four strikeouts and North Mahaska had one hit off of him; however, the Hawks did not let the hit turn into a run.

“We are seeing the ball really well right now offensively. I am looking forward to the continued improvement of our team as our season progresses,” concluded Scandridge.

The Hawks (3-1) have a busy week traveling to Brooklyn on Wednesday and Moravia on Thursday for a varsity double header and hosting HLV on Friday.

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