SULLY — Seven games into the 2014 season and Lynnville-Sully’s baseball team has equaled its wins of 2013. The Hawks started 0-2 and now stand at 5-2.
They wrapped up the week winning 11-1 over visiting Keota in South Iowa Cedar League play Friday night. Lynnville-Sully started last week with a league win at home against Sigourney.
In between, the Hawks claimed an 11-9 come-from-behind win over Woodward-Granger at Des Moines’ Principal Park.
“It was a great experience for the kids to play in a professional park and the site of the high school championship games,” Hawk head coach Bob Scandridge said. “We’d like to thank all the fans that traveled to Des Moines to watch us play, especially the girls softball team that came as a squad to support the baseball team. Great atmosphere, great win.”
Woodward-Granger led 3-1 after two innings. Each team scored twice in the fourth and Lynnville-Sully added a run in the fifth to make it 5-4. Woodward-Granger pushed two runs across in the sixth to lead 7-4.
Scandridge said the Hawks battled back, scoring seven runs in the top of the seventh. Lynnville-Sully held Woodward-Granger to just two runs in its half of the inning to capture the two-run win.
“We did a great job of grinding out a win (Tuesday). We were patient at the plate, drawing 12 walks and ringing up nine hits as well,” Scandridge said.
Caleb James earned the pitching win in relief of starter Daniel Zimmerman. Zimmerman pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowed five runs on five hits and two walks and had four strikeouts. James threw two innings, giving up four runs on three hits and had one strikeout.
Lucas Smith pitched 2/3 of a inning. He allowed two hits and struck out one.
Bailee Samson had two singles. Hitting a single each were T.J. Cunningham, James, Zach Kaldenberg, Zach Maasdam, Payton Scandridge, Zimmerman, and Sage Ehresman.
In league play Friday, Cunningham and Jake Brand combined on the mound for the win over Keota. Cunningham was the winning pitcher on two innings of work of two-hit, shutout baseball. He walked two and struck out one. Brand gave up one run on four hits and one walk in three innings of work.
Lynnville-Sully scored twice in the first inning. Keota came up with its run in the third. The Hawks responded with three straight three-run innings to close the game out in five innings by run rule.
“We continued to be aggressive at the plate,” Scandridge said. “We played our best defensive game of the year with only one error. We have spent a lot of time in practice working on defensive skills and I believe that hard work is starting to show dividends on game nights.”
Cunningham, Ehresman and Samson each hit a double and a single. Brandon Dunsbergen, James, Maasdam and Brand had a single apiece.
The Hawks take their five-game win streak into tonight’s SICL game at English Valleys.