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Lyle, Stevenson divide season-opening twinbill

Kelly Powell's two-run double in the top of the seventh inning gave Stevenson the edge over host Lyle in the second game of their non-league double-header last Friday.

The Bulldogs' 2-1 victory was their first of the season in four tries.

Stevenson's late rally spoiled a sparkling pitching debut by the Cougars' Mike Eiesland.

"Mike had a one-hit shutout until the seventh, and he made one bad pitch the whole game: a full-count fastball that [Stevenson] hit for the two-run double," said Cougars Coach Scott Myers.

Eiesland finished with a line of four hits, one walk, four strikeouts and two earned runs in seven innings.

Stevenson's Tyler Nielson matched Eiesland, however, scattering eight hits, walking one and striking out seven for the complete-game win.

In fact, it was a pitcher's game until the last two innings.

The Cougars (1-1) put up the game's first run in the last of the sixth when Eiesland singled to drive in Cord Cothren from second.

In the opener, Lyle scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to erase a 7-4 deficit. It added five runs in the sixth for a 13-7 lead.

Cothren and Eiesland each went 2 for 5 and drove in three runs to spearhead a nine-hit attack that produced 11 earned runs.

Chris Wolff added an RBI double and Brady Huffman and Noah LaFrenz both had two hits.

The win went to Cothren, who "pitched well," according to Myers, even though his defense committed 10 errors. Cothren held Stevenson to seven hits and one earned run, struck out nine and left 12 runners on base.


-- Double-header --

Lyle vs. Stevenson

Friday, March 16

Game One

Bulldogs003 220 1 -- 8 7 5

Cougars 120 145 x -- 13 9 10


(Stev.) Meyers, West (5) and Manning; (Lyle) Cothren and Huffman.

WP --

Cothren (1-0), 7 IP, 7 hits, 8 runs, 1 ER, 9 Ks, 5 BBs.

LP --

West, 2 IP, 4 hits, 9 runs, 7 ERs, 2 Ks, 4 BBs.


(Stev.) Powell 2-4, Manning 1-2, Nielson 1-4, Jones 1-5, Meyers 1-4; (Lyle) Cothren 2-5, Eiesland 2-5, Huffman 2-5, LaFrenz 2-3, Wolff 1-5.


(Stev.) Nielson; (Lyle) Cothren, Wolff, LaFrenz.


(Stev.) Powell 2, Manning 1; (Lyle) Cothren 3, Eiesland 3, Woff 2.


(Lyle) Huffman 2, Cothren 2.


Stevenson 12; Lyle 13.

Game Two

Bulldogs000 000 2 -- 2 4 1

Cougars 000 001 0 -- 1 8 1


(Stev.) Neilson and Meyers; (Lyle) Eiesland and Huffman.

WP --

Nielson, 7 IP, 8 hits, 1 run, 1 ER, 7 Ks, 1 BB.

LP --

Eiesland (0-1), 7 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 ERs, 4 Ks, 1 BB.


(Stev.) James 2-3, Manning 1-3, Powell 1-2; (Lyle) Eiesland 2-3, Cothren 1-3, Wells 1-4, Wolff 1-4, Murphy 1-3, Huffman 1-3, Jackson 1-3. 2B: (Stev.) James, Powell; (Lyle) Cothren.


(Stev.) Powell 2; (Lyle) Eiesland 1.


Stevenson 8; Lyle 5.


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