The Lynnville-Sully boys suffered three tough losses in the past week in addition to picking up a solid win over HLV.
Hawks fall to West Marshall
Last week started off with the Hawks hosting West Marshall on Tuesday in a non-conference game. The solid Trojans were too much for the Hawks to handle as L-S fell 13-5.
Junior Kobe Fisk took the loss on the mound after pitching 2-1/3 innings and allowing four hits, six runs (four earned), and two walks. Sophomore Tyler Van Zante relieved Fisk for 3-2/3 innings and had similar stats in addition to two strikeouts. Freshman Josh Dunsbergen finished the game, pitching 1-1/3 innings and giving up one run and one base on balls while striking out one.
Senior Caleb James scored three times for the Hawks, hit a home run, and had one RBI.
“We played a very good 2A team tonight in West Marshall,” said L-S Coach Bob Scandridge. “We hit the ball well tonight, but West Marshall hit it a little better. We are playing good baseball, and playing good non-conference competition only makes us better down the road.”
L-S victory at Victor
The next night, the Hawks were back in action at HLV, where they earned a 10-4 victory, scoring in each inning aside from the first. Senior Jake Brand got the win, allowing eight hits, four runs (three earned), and three bases on balls. He also had eight strikeouts.
L-S tallied 13 hits against HLV. Brand went 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI, and sophomore Caden Dunsbergen was 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs. Senior Baker Zegers was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, and junior Kyle Van Dyke was 2-for-3 with a couple of doubles. Freshman Elijah Collins scored four runs in the game.
Hard loss at Sigourney
When L-S met Sigourney earlier this season, the Hawks came out on top, 6-5. Last Friday, in their second matchup of the season, the tides had turned, and L-S suffered a tough loss, 10-0, in six innings at Sigourney.
The Hawks were unable to get a hit off the Savages’ pitcher Peyton Crawford, a junior, who dished out 15 strikeouts.
Van Zante took the loss for L-S after pitching five innings, allowing six runs (two earned), and striking out five. James relieved him and gave up four runs (two earned).
Second loss to IV
Monday night’s game was a bit of a struggle as the L-S boys lost to Iowa Valley for the second time this season, 11-2.
The game began in the first inning with a field error by L-S, giving IV its first run. In the bottom of the inning, Van Zante took a base on balls. Later on, Zegers hit an RBI, scoring Van Zante.
The top of the second inning resulted in three runs for IV. In the outfield, junior Ross Van Wyk suffered an injury, leaving Van Zante to take his place. This gave freshman Sage Zylstra a spot to enter the game and take over Van Zante’s second base position. Defensive errors on the field were made by the boys, which gave the opposing team their runs.
In the top of the fifth inning, another field error by the Hawks occurred when the third baseman threw to first, giving IV another run. L-S countered that error in the following play, throwing out the runner at first.
Inning six started off with a single to left field by Van Zante. Fisk also hit a single, and IV threw Van Zante out at second base. After Zegers hit a single, the Tigers made a field error, creating an open lane for Fisk to slide home.
The Hawks switched pitchers from Brand to Josh Dunsbergen in the seventh inning. No runs were scored for either team in the final inning.
Brand pitched the first six innings, throwing four strikeouts and allowing four hits and seven runs (one earned). J. Dunsbergen pitched the final inning, giving up one hit and four runs.
Fisk, Van Zante, and Zegers each had one hit in the game. Fisk also had three stolen bases.
Following the game, L-S Coach Scandridge commented on the game.
“Our team struggled defensively to make our routine plays tonight, and when you do that, you’ll struggle to win games,” he said. “Everybody knows we can make those plays in the future. We are going to continue to work on these fundamentals that win games. In baseball, you have to have a short memory. We will look forward to coming to the park for our next game.”
The boys were set to host English Valleys on Tuesday, June 23, and Keota on Wednesday, June 24. They will finish out the week at Tri-County on Friday.