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Season ender: Hawk boys fall in regional semifinal (Hometown Press article)

posted Jul 20, 2017, 7:24 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 7:24 PM ]

Season ender: Hawk boys fall in reg’l semifinal

The 2017 season for the Lynnville-Sully baseball team ended last week after they advanced to the second round of districts, but were stopped before they could reach the district final.


In their first district game, L-S took the win over the Melcher-Dallas Saints on Tuesday, July 11, after a low-scoring affair.

Freshman Bray Noun Harder makes a tough catch with senior Carson Dunsbergen looking on in the Hawks’ first regional game on Tuesday, July 11, versus Melcher-Dallas.

Junior Elijah Collins fires off a pitch on the mound for the Hawks in the Melcher-Dallas game. He allowed just one hit and struck out 13.

Junior Josh Dunsbergen lays down a bunt in the game against Melcher-Dallas, where he went two-for-three at bat.


L-S shut Melcher-Dallas down, allowing only one hit with no runners advancing past first base. The Hawks were able to bring three home, one in the second and two in the fifth. L-S Coach Bob Scandridge noted, “I loved our energy tonight, you can tell it is post-season baseball.”

L-S accounted for six hits throughout the night. Junior Josh Dunsbergen went two-for-three, scoring a run for the Hawks. Junior Corbin James came up big, helping the Hawks out with two RBIs. Junior Cody Gibbs had the only double for the night and earned an RBI. Junior Elijah Collins had two stolen bases, and senior Tyler Van Zante had one as well.

E. Collins had an impressive night, pitching all seven innings and only giving up one hit and walking one.

“Elijah came up big for tonight with his one-hit, 13-strikeout performance,” Scandridge said. “He challenged the hitters all night by getting up early in the count. The defense behind him was flawless with no errors.”

E.Collins struck two batters out each inning, except the sixth, totaling 13 strikeouts.


The win over Melcher-Dallas sent the Hawks on to the regional semifinal, in which they faced Moravia for the third time this year. In previous meetings with the Mohawks, the Hawks lost both times, one of those being in extra innings. On Thursday, July 13, the Hawks suffered a 10-6 loss, ending their season in the second round of districts.

Moravia hopped out on top early, with two runs in the first. L-S quickly came back with one of their own in the second, but Moravia scored another two in the third. The Hawks rebounded from their deficit to tie the game 4-4 in the fourth, but could not hang on, giving up six more runs in the last three innings.

L-S ended the night with nine hits. James was three-for-four, hammering out a double and a triple. Senior Caden Dunsbergen had two hits on the night, giving the Hawks an RBI and a run.

Defensively, the Hawks struggled, giving up seven hits and 10 runs. Senior Tyler Van Zante started the night pitching, going for three innings until J. Dunsbergen came in for 1-2/3 innings. Freshman Blaize Kuhlmann finished out the remaining 1-1/3 innings. Combined, they walked 10 and struck out three. The Hawks had seven errors but were able to force four on the Mohawks.

“Though we didn’t bring our A game tonight, I was proud of the way the players kept battling and competing till the last out. It’s been a great season with lots of goals accomplished,” concluded Scan-dridge.

Moravia went on to fall to Colfax-Mingo, 3-2, in extra innings in the regional final.

L-S ends the season with an overall record of 16-8 and a conference record of 14-2.