Lynx rally past CR-B for 5th straight win
LYONS COMES THROUGH ON MOUND, DRIVES IN WINNING RUN
WEBSTER CITY — Trey Lyons was solid in relief and the Webster City baseball team continued to live by the philosophy that no deficit is too great to overcome Tuesday night at Lynx Field.
Trailing Coon Rapids-Bayard 4-0 after 11⁄2 innings, WCHS (9-3) rallied in the middle frames and then took the lead for good in the sixth for a 6-5 victory, its fifth straight triumph.
And no one played a bigger role than Lyons, a junior who returned to the diamond for the first time in three years this summer.
Lyons came on in relief of Zach Dyvig in the second inning and immediately faced a bases loaded situation. He got out of it, and proceeded to strike out eight without giving up an earned run over 51⁄3 innings to pick up his second win.
“I’m usually not one for individual accolades, but he just pumped strikes and kept them off balance for five innings,” WCHS head coach Adison Kehoe said of Lyons. “He took (three years) off and to still have that kind of confidence shows the kind of athlete he is.”
Lyons, now 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA, faced another bases loaded jam with one out in the seventh, but again wiggled free with back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat and game. He allowed five hits and walked only one.
Lyons also provided the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded, he was plunked by a Preston McAlister fastball that brought Chase Rattenborg to the dish from third.
Both teams finished with eight hits. WCHS received all of its offense from four players, as Dyvig, Ty McKinney, Tyler Olson and Beau Klaver all laced two hits. Klaver drove in two runs; Olson and Dyvig joined Lyons with one RBI.
WCHS did pay a price in the win, however. Klaver, a sophomore first baseman who has been one of the team’s top hitters in recent games, went down following a collision at the plate and was forced out of the game with a possible concussion.
Aaron McAlister had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for Coon Rapids-Bayard (11-4), which saw its own five-game winning streak end. Jalen Rosenbeck smacked a pair of singes.
The Crusaders scored one run in the first and three more in the second to take the early edge. WCHS rallied with three in the third and then briefly took the lead, 5-4, with two runs in the fifth. CR-B knotted it at 5 in the top of the sixth, and then allowed the winning run a half-inning later.
“They’re the No. 1 seed in their district and that’s why we played them,” Kehoe said of CR-B. “I know they’re a smaller school, but they’re a powerhouse baseball wise and they do not beat themselves. So this wasn’t one that was going to be given to us. If we wanted to win it, we had to go out and take it, and that’s what the boys did.”
WCHS was at home last night to take on Humboldt in a rivalry game that decided the North Central Conference title. The Lynx will be at Iowa Falls-Alden on Monday.
Webster City 6, CR-Bayard 5
Tuesday at Webster City
CR-Bayard 130 001 0 — 5 8 1
Web City 003 021 x — 6 8 0
Quentin Culbertson, Preston McAlister (5) and Aaron McAlister. Zach Dyvig, Trey Lyons (2) and Devon Stoakes. WP — Lyons. LP — P. McAlister. Multiple hits — CR-B: A. McAlister, Jalen Rosenbeck; WC: Dyvig, Ty McKinney, Tyler Olson, Beau Klaver. 2B — CR-B: A. McAlister. RBI — CR-B: A. McAlister (2), Rosenbeck, Peyton Clipperton, Josh Ramirez; WC: Klaver (2), Olson, Dyvig, Lyons.