Lyle/Pacelli Athletics baseball team kicks off busy week with 11-1, 5-inning victory over ML-GHEC Monday

The Lyle/Pacelli Athletics baseball team kicked off an extremely busy week Monday with a non-conference tilt at Marcusen Park versus Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain, and it was the Athletics using three home runs, including two from Hunter VaDeer, plus strong pitching from Isaac Nelsen to down the Cougars 11-1 in five innings.

The Athletics got to Cougar starter Elliot Flohrs early, as they tallied four runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the second for a quick 6-0 lead, and after the Cougars scored what turned out to be their only run of the game in the top of the fourth, the Athletics answered with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to invoke the 10-run rule after five innings.

VaDeer had a monster day at the plate for Lyle/Pacelli as he blasted a pair of home runs in three official trips to the plate to knock in a total of four runs, plus he scored another two runs as well, Jack Klingfus slugged the other long ball in the game for LP as he wound up going 1 for 2 with two RBI’s and two runs scored, Isaac Nelsen helped his own cause on the mound by going 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI’s, Hunter Wollenburg was a perfect 2 for 2 with two runs knocked in, Isaac Small was 1 for 2 with a double and a run scored, Logyn Brooks went 1 for 1 Monday and scored three runs, Dane Schara was 1 for 3 with a run scored, and Landon Meyer and Jake Kiker each also scored runs in the win.

Nelsen provided yet another strong start from the Lyle/Pacelli pitching staff Monday as he gave up the one ML/GHEC run, which was earned, on three hits, striking out nine and walking one in earning the win on the mound.

With the win, the Athletics are a perfect 9-0 on the season, and the busy week for Lyle/Pacelli continues Wednesday with a game at Marcusen Park versus Schaeffer Academy in the Southeast Conference, with first pitch at 4:30 p.m.  The Athletics are also scheduled to host Mabel-Canton Thursday, they will then play a doubleheader at Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons Friday, and they will then host Blooming Prairie and Wabasha-Kellogg in an invitational at Marcusen Park Saturday.