LYONS — Spring break will be a little more fun for the Lyons baseball team this year considering how well the Lions have opened the season.
Through five games this season, the Lions have lost just one. On Thursday afternoon, they won their final game before the break convincingly, defeating visiting Middle Park by a score of 23-3.
For a team that won just six games last season, Thursday's lopsided victory was a welcome way to end the month of March.
"It's a great start," Lions junior Austen Clark said. "We're starting to put it all together and now we have a break. We had a little bit of a slow start today but started to hit the ball well and we were clean defensively, we got on base and we got the job done. We're confident now and we're doing well so hopefully we can keep going."
Maybe it felt like a slow start to Clark, but the Lions (4-1) did score 10 runs in the first inning, three in the second and 10 more in the fourth to end the game early.
Lions pitchers Brandon Sanders and Justin Lear combined to allow just two hits while striking out 13 batters on Thursday against the Panthers (1-4), who also committed seven errors in the game. Led by three hits apiece from Sanders and Joe Mccain, who also drove in five runs, the Lions lineup pounded out 17 hits while committing just one error in the field.
"We've been solid and we did what we had to do to win today," Lions head coach Ken Rosales said. "We're going into spring break with a win, which is what you always hope for. Brandon had a good start and it was great to get Justin some innings, and he was solid when he came in to finish out the game. Our pitching and our hitting were both good today and we'll just look to keep it going when we get back."
Averaging 15.6 runs per game, the Lions have now scored seven or more in each of their first five games, including an 11-7 extra-innings loss to Platte Valley. Every starting player had at least one hit and drove in at least one run on Thursday.
When they return from the break, the Lions will host Estes Park on April 6. After that, they will begin their 2A Mile High League schedule with Gilpin County on April 11.
Lyons 23, Middle Park 3
At Lyons H.S.
Middle Park 003 00 — 3 2 7
Lyons (10)30 (10)x — 23 17 1
W — Sanders. L — Romero.
Middle Park hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Colley 1-0-0-0, Romero 3-0-0-0, Kuhnel 2-1-0-0, Bjerkin 2-0-0-0, Burgos 0-1-0-0, Roubidoux 1-0-0-0, Mintken 1-1-0-0, Fuqua 1-0-1-0, Eichler 1-0-1-1, Trocolli 2-0-0-0, Gallegos 2-0-0-0, J. Smith 2-0-0-0, B. Smith 0-0-0-0, Mcguan 0-0-0-0. Totals 18-3-2-1. SB — Colley 2, Kuhnel.
Lyons hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Owens 3-2-1-1, Cortez 2-2-2-1, Mccain 4-2-3-5, Lear 5-1-2-3, Clark 4-2-1-3, Klopsen 3-2-1-1, Bean 3-2-1-2, Sanders 3-2-3-2, Reeves 1-2-1-1, Cross 0-1-0-0, Brett 4-4-2-2. Totals 33-23-17-21. 2B — Reeves. 3B — Lear, Owens.
Middle Park pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Romero 1-8-12-10-1-1, J. Smith 2-2-1-1-1-1, Trocolli 1-7-10-4-2-1.
Lyons pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Sanders 3-2-3-3-4-9, Lear 2-0-0-0-1-4.