Cyclones drop close match to Titans
The HCHS varsity baseball team was looking for redemption against the Lewis Central Titans after they beat them on their field June 1st, but unfortunately came up short as they lost a close game, 2-1.
Junior Stephen Leinen got the ball for the Cyclones and was locked in a pitchers duel with senior Aron Harrington of the Titans. Leinen pitched six innings and struck out three, while Harrington pitched seven innings and struck out 11.
“Stephen did a heck of a job mixing in his pitches and keeping them off balance all night,” said HCHS Head Baseball Coach Heath Stein. “Their guy, he is kind of a hard throwing lefty. It was beneficial for us to see that type of pitching and get in that kind of game and just use it moving forward.”
Throughout the night, the offense was quiet for the Cyclones as they could only muster up three hits. One from sophomore Cade Sears and the other two from juniors Cael Goshorn and Leinen.
“It’s kind of hard for them to go from the quality pitching we’ve seen with guys not throwing as hard as that,” he said. “Seeing it live, especially seeing it from the left side was kind of tough on us.”
With Lewis Central atop the Hawkeye Ten Standings and the Cyclones right behind them in second place, it’s possible these two could meet again during the playoffs.
“They have quality arms, more velocity than most teams that we see in our league,” he added. “As a whole, I think that we can go toe-to-toe with them and I hope we get the chance to again.”
However, the Cyclones will have to put this loss behind them and get ready for two games against the Atlantic Trojans, 6-12, one of which will be a resumed game that started on June 7th, but was cut short that night due to harsh weather conditions.
“It’s 8-1 in the third inning,” Coach Stein said. “Hopefully we can finish out that ballgame, get a win and then follow it up with another one.”