Baseball: Lyons nearly flawless in win against Longmont Christian

LYONS — Heath Fesenmeyer brought a lot of anger into his second at-bat Monday for the Lyons baseball team.

He wasn’t going to let another high curveball go past his wrists, that’s for sure.

After getting called out on an unquestionably high curve in the first inning at the Lyons baseball field, the catcher knew Longmont Christian pitcher Luke Puchino had to rely on off-speed stuff. When the time came, he unloaded on a Puchino pitch with the bases loaded, getting the Lions the jump they needed in an 11-1 victory.

That double down the left field line nearly went out, and Fesenmeyer later tripled, too, part of a 10-hit attack for Lyons (4-1). The Lions have hit double-digit runs in each of their wins.

“You usually only get one real good pitch in an at-bat, and I wasted my first one,” said Fesenmeyer, referring to a close foul ball the pitch prior to striking out in the first frame. “The next time up, I just knew I had to sit back a little bit, and even again the third time up, I sat back even more and drove it dead center field.”

As a complete lineup, Lyons followed in Fesenmeyer’s footsteps. Every batter got on base in some fashion, and that led to a four-run fifth inning and three more runs in the sixth.

“We’ve been hitting very well this year, and we’ve been up and down on our defense but I felt today was a pretty complete game,” Lyons coach Ken Rosales said.

Fesenmeyer also spent the afternoon behind the dish for Bowe Herman, who threw a gem of a game. Though he walked two in the sixth to bring in the only run for Longmont Christian (Parker Liske scored on a wild pitch), Herman baffled the Warriors for 10 strikeouts.

He also induced seven groundouts with no flyouts, and the Lyons defense played flawless on a chilly day.

“(Herman) pitched awesome, and his off-speed stuff was about as accurate as I’ve ever seen it,” Fesenmeyer said. “That let me be able to call it on a 3-2 count a lot.

“I think all of our infielders had a groundball to them, too. Defense was great.”

Longmont Christian is still looking for some consistency as it fell to 2-3 on the year. Anthony Puchino and Austin Fineberg had the only hits for the Warriors. They left two baserunners stranded at third, one in the third and another in the fifth.

“I think Bowe had four or five strikeouts looking, so he definitely had them on their toes,” Rosales said.

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Lyons 11, Longmont Christian 1

At Lyons H.S.

Longmont Christian 000 001 — 1 2 4

Lyons 004 043 — 11 10 0

W —Bowe Herman. L — Luke Puchino.

Longmont Christian hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Clayton Eldred 3-0-0-0, Parker Liske 2-1-0-0, Luke Puchino 3-0-0-0, John Coccanauer 2-0-0-0, Anthony Puchino 2-0-1-0, Cade Martin 2-0-0-0, Jalen Dittman 1-0-0-0, Lonnie Kee 1-0-0-0, Austin Fineberg 2-0-1-0, Josiah Bolyard 1-0-0-0, Sam West 0-0-0-0. SB —Eldred, Liske.

Lyons hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Austin Myers 2-1-0-0, Heath Fesenmeyer 4-3-3-3, Bowe Herman 4-2-2-2, Logan Watson 3-1-2-1, Hector Rodriguez 4-1-1-2, Karson Kelly 3-0-1-0, Ethan Melani 1-1-0-1, Preston Medina 2-0-0-0, Jack Gilson 2-2-1-0, Justin Gorman 0-0-0-0. 2B — Fesenmeyer. 3B —Fesenmeyer. SB —Watson.

Longmont Christian pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — L. Puchino 4-7-8-7-2-4, Fineberg 2-3-3-3-3-0.

Lyons pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Herman 6-2-1-1-3-10.