Tyler Ediger worked four innings at Lyons, and did not allow a baserunner until the third inning. By then, Hillsboro led 7-0 on the way to a 17-0 win in the first of Thursday?s games. Post 366 won the second game 14-3.
Legion Post 366 defeated Lyons handily in both halves of Thursday?s doubleheader. Tyler Ediger allowed only two hits in four innings as the pitcher of record in Hillsboro?s 17-0 win in the opener. Adam Matz held Lyons scoreless for the first three innings of a 14-3 rout in the second game.
Against a combination of Lyons pitchers, the Hillsboro offense sputtered for two innings. But after Rustyn Kerbs and Dylan Liles drew consecutive walks leading off the top of the third, Ediger?s RBI triple made it 4-0. A walk to Jacob Edwards set the table for Dylan Delk?s RBI single, and two more walks staked Hillsboro to a 7-0 lead.
After Cole Svoboda was beaned with one out in the top of the fourth, Ediger doubled to spark a 10-run inning. After Edwards walked and Matz was hit by a pitch, Delk walked to load the bases. Chris Couts struck out, but nonetheless made it 10-0 when the errant pitch skipped past Lyons catcher Brandon Harmony.
Then came a series of six straight singles: Liles, Aaron Bina, Jacob Fish, Svoboda, Ediger and Edwards all hit safely in succession.
Harmony?s infield single in the bottom of the fourth was not enough to prevent a mercy-rule end to what was scheduled to be a seven-inning contest.
Svoboda posted a 3-for-4 game with three runs scored. Bina, Ediger, Edwards, Matz, Kerbs and Liles each scored two runs.
In the second game, Post 366 took a 4-0 lead when the Lyons defense fell apart in the top of the first inning.
Matz induced a 5-4-3 double play groundout to wipe away a leadoff single in the bottom of the first, and Hillsboro upped its lead to six in the top of the second.
Kerbs added two stolen bases to a leadoff walk and scored on Bina?s bloop single with one out. Fish belted a standup triple to score Bina.
Matz faced just four batters in the second inning, then led off the third with a foul out to the catcher. Back-to-back-to-back base hits raised Hillsboro?s lead to nine, and two more runs scored against shaky defense.
The insurance added in the top half proved valuable in the bottom of the third, as a pair of infield singles and a pair of walks started a sequence that led to Lyons scoring three quick runs. But Matz got Harmony, who bats cleanup for Lyons, to end the threat with a weak ground out toward the second baseman.
Kerbs and Liles singled ahead of base hits by Bina and Fish, making it 14-3 through the Hillsboro half of the fourth, and Matz stifled the Lyons offense to wrap up the win in five innings.
Coming?Hillsboro?s final games of the Babe Ruth regular season will be played on the road. Post 366 was at Hesston Tuesday and will visit Buhler on Thursday.
The first week of post-season play runs July 14-20, with the state tournament scheduled to begin July 23 at Independence.