LAFAYETTE — Peak to Peak was unveiling its new, on-campus baseball diamond Saturday, but it was visiting Lyons recording all the initial milestones.
First hit. First run scored. And for awhile, it appeared first win would be added.
But the host Pumas erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth, and transformed what would have been a melancholy opener into a 7-3 win in a cross-classification non-league game.
“It would have been tough,” Peak to Peak shortstop Cos Braswell said. “Having it be the first game on our field and having the other team win, I think everyone would have been disappointed. But we pulled through.”
On a perfect day for an inaugural game with temperatures hovering in the mid-60s, Braswell was a chief reason why. His two-run triple put the Pumas ahead 4-3, and Paul Schirmer, Martin Taylor and Ty Pinkerman added RBI hits before the inning ended.
Things appeared dreary when the Pumas entered the sixth down 3-1 with two hits to their credit (both singles by Braswell) and four errors in the field.
“I was glad to see them hang in there, because we made some mistakes,” Pumas coach Tim Combs said. “My seniors kind of hurt us early, which we can’t have. They have to be there for those younger kids. But it was good to see them keep battling.”
While Garrett Bride earned the win in relief for Peak to Peak, Lyons pitcher Kyle Dick stymied the Pumas through five. He was replaced after walking the leadoff batter in the sixth and the Pumas battered the Lions’ bullpen.
Dick had also pitched in the Lions’ opener Thursday, so coach Kyle Schuyler didn’t want overthrow his ace so early in the season.
“In reality, we might have thrown him a bit too much,” Schuyler said.
Utilizing small ball and few Pumas errors, the Lions (0-2) scratched out runs in the third, fourth and sixth. Third baseman Logan Watson went 2 for 4 with a double as Lyons nearly stole the show.
“I would have loved to,” Schuyler said. “We go into every game wanting to win whether it’s a field opening or senior night, or anything like that. We’re glad we gave them a game.”
The Pumas are just happy that their christening of the field will carry a positive connotation.
“You don’t want to remember coming out here on a new field and going home losers with your tail between your legs,” Combs said.
Peak to Peak 7, Lyons 3
At Peak to Peak H.S.
Lyons (0-2) 001 101 0 — 3 6 2
Peak to Peak (1-0) 000 016 X — 7 6 4
W — Bride (1-0). L — Kelly (0-1)
Lyons hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Dick 2-0-0-0, Fesenmeyer 2-0-1-1, Herman 4-0-0-0, Watson 4-1-2-0, Gibson 3-1-1-0, Kelly 3-0-0-0, Leeuwenburgh 3-0-0-0, Rodriguez 2-1-2-0, Myers 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-3-6-1. 2B — Watson. SB — Watson.
Peak to Peak hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Kelly 3-0-0-1, Pinkerman 4-0-1-1, Jannsen 2-1-0-0, Goedde 2-1-0-0, Bride 3-1-0-0, Howard 3-0-0-0, Braswell 3-2-3-2, Schirmer 1-1-1-1, Buster 2-0-0-0, Taylor 1-1-1-1, Friesen 0-0-0-0. Totals 24-7-6-6. 2B — Martin. 3B — Braswell. SB — Pinkerman, Jannsen, Bride.
Lyons pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Dick 5-2-2-1-4-6, Kelly 0.2-4-5-3-1-0, Herman 0.1-0-0-0-2-0.
Peak to Peak pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Goedde 4-4-2-1-1-3, Bride 3-2-1-0-2-4.