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Lyons, Hoisington split doubleheader to open year

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 12:18 PM CDT
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LYONS, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Hoisington Cardinals traveled to Lyons to face the Lions for the first games of the season. Both teams came away with a win.

Lyons tied the first game at two runs, all in the bottom of the fifth inning. Neither team scored in the sixth.

After holding Hoisington scoreless in the top of the seventh, Lyons loaded the bases before Dawson Stover hit a single. He batted in Hayden Laymon to walk off the win.

Lyons wins 3 to 2.

Lions Lyon #30 Gabe Riffel throws a pitch.  The Hoisington Cardinals and Lyons Lions split a...
Lions Lyon #30 Gabe Riffel throws a pitch. The Hoisington Cardinals and Lyons Lions split a baseball double header held at Lee Battershell Field in Lyons, Kansas on March 30, 2021. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | Joey Bahr)

Junior Dawson Stover took the win off of two innings of pitching and allowing one hit while earning one strikeout. Evan Berges pitched the other five innings giving up six hits, two runs--one earned, and one walk. He also struck out four batters.

Berges also accounted for two of the three Lyons runs in the game.

Shawn Ingram took the loss in three innings of work. Ingram gave up two hits, two runs, and five walks while striking out three batters. Holt Hanzlick worked the other three innings. He also surrendered two hits but only one run. Hanzlick also walked three batters and struck out nine.

The second game looked to take a similar tack when Lyons took a two-to-one lead into the fifth inning.

Lyons starting pitcher Gabe Riffel pitched the first four innings and threw 76 pitches. Head Coach Clint Bieberle decided to change to Wirkin Scobee. “I know we can go to 105 pitches, but this early in the season, I don’t like to go too far above 75.”

Hoisington Cardinal #13 Alex Elmore waits for a pitch to arrive.  The Hoisington Cardinals and...
Hoisington Cardinal #13 Alex Elmore waits for a pitch to arrive. The Hoisington Cardinals and Lyons Lions split a baseball double header held at Lee Battershell Field in Lyons, Kansas on March 30, 2021. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | Joey Bahr)

Hoisington took advantage of the new pitcher and took the lead with a five-run fifth inning. Scobee would only work for two-thirds of the inning. He threw 32 pitches, but only 10 were strikes. He walked four batters and gave up five runs.

“When they walk somebody, and then you get a hit, you capitalize,” said Hoisington Head Coach Eric Steiner. “If you can get five runs in an inning, that’s a great inning in high school baseball.”

Kayston Cox came on to finish the game. Cox would strike out two runners. He also gave up two earned runs on four hits and a walk.

The Cardinals added one run each in the sixth and seventh innings. They won the game 8 to 3.

Hoisington Cardinal #14 Tony Moore throws a pitch.  The Hoisington Cardinals and Lyons Lions...
Hoisington Cardinal #14 Tony Moore throws a pitch. The Hoisington Cardinals and Lyons Lions split a baseball double header held at Lee Battershell Field in Lyons, Kansas on March 30, 2021. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | Joey Bahr)

Hoisington Cardinals Quentin Boxberger and Cole Steinert both scored two runs in the game. Alex Elmore batted in two runs on two hits.

Boxberger earned the win on five innings of pitching throwing 98 pitches. He gave up three runs, one earned, along with two walks. Boxberger struck out five batters.

Tony Moore came on in relief for the last two innings. He struck out two batters while giving up a single walk.

Both schools start the season with a one-and-one record.

Hoisington Cardinal #12 Shawn Ingram tags out Lyons Lion #30 Gabe Riffel.  The Hoisington...
Hoisington Cardinal #12 Shawn Ingram tags out Lyons Lion #30 Gabe Riffel. The Hoisington Cardinals and Lyons Lions split a baseball double header held at Lee Battershell Field in Lyons, Kansas on March 30, 2021. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | Joey Bahr)
Lyons Lion #6 Jaiden Diasio waits for a pitch to arrive.  The Hoisington Cardinals and Lyons...
Lyons Lion #6 Jaiden Diasio waits for a pitch to arrive. The Hoisington Cardinals and Lyons Lions split a baseball double header held at Lee Battershell Field in Lyons, Kansas on March 30, 2021. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | Joey Bahr)

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