MONTEZUMA — Turning things around in 2014, Lynnville-Sully’s baseball team ended the regular season winning two games Thursday and Friday. The Hawks have a winning record (12-10) after going 5-20 a year ago.
Lynnville-Sully won last Thursday at Keota, 10-0, with Jake Brand throwing a two-hitter. Brand notched seven strikeouts and issued just one walk.
The Hawks had 12 hits as they decked their host. Caleb VanderMolen went 3-for-4 with three singles and Scandridge had two singles.
The Hawks closed out the regular season with a 6-2 win over host Montezuma, a team Lynnville-Sully had not beaten in five years, on Friday. Senior T.J. Cunningham put the Hawks in charge quickly, cranking out a three-run home run in the first inning.
Caleb James was in command on the mound for the Hawks. He held the Braves to single runs in the second and seventh innings on seven hits.
“The whole week was a reflection of we have worked on all season and that was getting the pitchers to throw strike and the defense to be ready to make plays,” Hawk head coach Bob Scandridge said. “We had our best defensive games of the year in the last two weeks and that is a good sign going into district play. We are taking the filed with a good deal of confidence in our ability to make plays and that is allowing us to play at a higher level.”
Lynnville-Sully opens Class 1A District 11 tournament play Tuesday at New Sharon against North Mahaska.