Photo by Steve Woltmann.
Senior outfielder Ethan Bloom smashes a home run for the Flyers.
The Flyers put together a successful stretch over the final week of April, winning three out of four games. As the season winds down, their record now sits at 19-23-1 overall and 8-11 in the GLVC.
On Thursday, April 26, Lewis emerged victorious over cross-town rival University of St. Francis by the score of 9-8. The Flyers’ offense busted out early, scoring four runs that were highlighted by junior outfielder Brandon Post’s first home run of the season.
With the score at 6-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Flyers extended their lead over the Saints 9-4. Senior outfielder Sam Cybulski lined an RBI double to left field while senior infielders Neal Tyrell and Trayvon Johnson also drove in runs.
USF fought back, adding one run in the eighth and three in the ninth to make it a 9-8 game. With runners on the corners and two outs, senior relief pitcher Brady Kostecki entered the game and struck out the Fighting Saints outfielder Noah Kararo.
Two days later, the Flyers traveled to Oakland City, Ind. to battle the Mighty Oaks in a non-conference double header. The Flyers ended up on the unlucky side of a pitcher’s duel in game one, losing 1-0. Despite the defeat, Lewis head coach Tim McDonough praised the Flyers’ starting pitcher Pete Hamot, who struck out seven batters during six strong innings on the mound.
“Pete was great,” said McDonough. “We’ve worked a little bit more on breaking ball command, and I think that was a key for him.”
Lewis bounced back big in game two, beating Oakland City 7-2 behind junior right hander Blake Mark’s complete game, five hit gem. Tyrell racked up three hits and an RBI, and Flyers’ senior outfielder Ethan Bloom smashed a two-run homer to right center field.
“Ethan is a big, physical kid” said McDonough. “To hit a ball that far the opposite way, shows just how much power potential he has.”
The top four batters for the Flyers slashed a robust 9-for-15 with five runs and four RBI’s in the contest. In their final game of the week, Lewis earned the series win, rallying from a two-run deficit in the seventh inning.
With the Mighty Oaks threating in the ninth, Lewis closer Kostecki was once again called upon to shut the door. As runners stood on first and third with one out, the senior forced a lineout to second base and struck out the final batter. Tyrell again led the Flyers offensively, collecting two hits including an RBI double.
“Brady’s been that steady calm all year where everybody feels comfortable when he’s in the game,” McDonough said. “Being a senior, he understands who he is as a pitcher and what his strengths are.”
The Flyers now play the waiting game to see if they will earn a spot in the GLVC tournament.