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Bottom of the order delivers for Lyle-Pacelli baseball team

The Lyle-Pacelli baseball team received a much needed charge from the bottom of the batting order as it was able to get past Houston 12-2 in five innings in Marcusen Park Monday.

The Hurricanes (0-13 overall, 0-9 SEC) led 2-1 in the third inning, when LP’s No. 8 and No. 9 hitters stepped up and got the job done. Trinity Anderson delivered an RBI single that put the Athletics up 3-2 and Cole Walter drove in a run to make it 4-2 LP. Anderson also came up with a two-run single in the fourth inning to put the Athletics up 7-2.

Lyle-Pacelli’s Cory Weber throws to Bryce Strouf as Houston’s Jaytin Millen runs down the first base line in Marcusen Park Monday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

“In the last couple of weeks they’ve been playing very well and they’ve been having good at bats,” LP head coach Brock Meyer said of the bottom of the team’s order. “Even when they’re not getting hits, they’re having good at bats and they’re getting pitch counts higher. Cole’s done a good job all year and he usually puts the ball in play.”

LP (9-5 overall, 7-3 SEC) has three more games this week, so Meyer needed sophomore Bryce Strouf to go the distance. Strouf delivered by striking out six and allowing just one earned run in the win.

“I felt good today. I’ve had a couple of times where my arm didn’t feel great after a couple of innings, but today I just stuck with it and tried to throw strikes,” Strouf said. “It definitely wasn’t our prettiest game, but it shows what we can do and we’ve got to get ready for tournament time.”

Lyle-Pacelli’s Braeden Scheffel slides into home plate as Houston catcher Jaytin Millen waits for a throw in Marcusen Park Monday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

LP will wrap up its regular season this week as it plays at Houston Tuesday before hosting Randolph Thursday and hosting Hayfield Friday. Meyer said Strouf’s performance was a big one to get the week started.

“He pitched well. He fell behind a few hitters, but he threw strikes and that’s all I can ask for,” Meyer said.

Houston 1 0 1  0 0    2   4  6

LP 1 0 3  3 5    12  9  2

LP pitching: Bryce Strouf (W) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 K

LP hitting: Zach Bollingberg, 0-for-2, R, 3 BBs; Strouf, 1-for-1, R, SB, 3 BBs; Jed Nelson, 0-for-4; Taylor Arett, 2-for-3, RBI, 2 R, BB; Cory Weber, 1-for-3, R, HBP; Tanner Murphy, 1-for-2, 2 BBS; Braeden Scheffel, 1-for-4, 2 RBIs, SB, R; Trinity Anderson, 2-for-3, 3 RBIs, 2 R, BB; Cole Walter, 1-for-3, RBI, R, BB; Jake Muhlbauer, 3 R

Lyle-Pacelli’s Taylor Arett makes the throw from third base against Houston in Marcusen Park Monday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com