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Lyons leads No. 1 Cougars past Williamsport

April 09, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Jefferson junior pitcher Colin Lyons was the star of the Cougars' 8-1 win over Williamsport on Tuesday night at Sager Field.

Lyons pitched his first-ever complete game with seven strikeouts and also delivered two hits and two RBIs in the early stages of the game that set the tone for the No. 1 Cougars (12-1).

"I was pleased with Colin's performance and with the progress he has made since the beginning of the year," said coach John Lowery. "I thought he had command of his fastball and worked the corners. As a left-handed hitter, he gives us another option against righties."

Lyons (3-0) allowed only four hits and walked three, but most were scattered except for the fifth inning, when he allowed Williamsport (2-3) its only run on a single by John Marx, a balk and a single by Aaron Hershberger.

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"I got stronger as the game went on and was more consistent with my pitches hitting the corners," said Lyons, whose previous longest stint this year was 4 1/3 innings in his first varsity season.

Lyons escaped a potential hazard in the first when Williamsport stranded two runners. The Cougars then drew first blood off Wildcats starter Andrew Duff.

Marquise Jones walked, stole second and scored when Andrew Rotruck's bouncer became a bad-hop single that veered hard off the shoulder of Williamsport third baseman Travis Sluger into center field.

After an infield single by Stephen Peters and a fielder's choice, Chris Kelly delivered a run-scoring single and Lyons followed with an opposite-field double to left to finish off a three-run first inning. Duff needed 36 pitches to get out of the inning.

"I thought (Andrew) pitched well but deserved better with the strike zone," said Williamsport coach Larnie Vickers, who eventually pulled Duff in the fifth inning when Jefferson extended its lead to 6-1.

Lyons drove in Peters with a single in the third inning, then let his teammates do the rest of the damage, with a little help from Williamsport's defense - which let two pop flys fall between defenders for hits.

"We had some miscues on defense and those were the type of plays that shouldn't happen," said Vickers. "It was one of those nights."

Peters collected his third hit in the fifth and scored on a triple by Kyle Walker that KO'd Duff. In the sixth, the Cougars got a two-run single from Rotruck.

Jefferson banged out 12 hits, with the top seven batters in the lineup collecting at least one hit each.

Hershberger had two of Williamsport's four hits.

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