7/1/2014 10:59:00 AM Byron Bison Legion Baseball starts 2-2
By Mitch George
With a new name, new uniforms, and a new season, the Bison have been creating early success for their team.
This offseason, the Byron Legion Baseball team thought it was time for a change. With the team donning new malibu-blue uniforms and caps, the team name also changed from the Bears to the Bison.
In their first game of the season, the Bison matched up against Southland. Through the first five innings, the score was 2-0 in Southland's favor. In the sixth inning, however, the momentum shifted in Byron's favor.
Brandon Mehrkens started the rally with a five-pitch walk. Following his at-bat, Southland committed two costly errors resulting in baserunners of Anders Long and Evan Vick and the scoring of Mehrkens. With two outs and the bases loaded, Nathan Velander delivered a two-RBI double to give the Bison the lead. After a single by Greg Hartzler and a walk by Ryan Thompson, the bases were loaded once again. On the first pitch of the following at-bat by Isaac Jestus, he gets hit by the pitch, making the score 4-2. This proved to be the final score, adding a win the Bison win column.
The second game for the Bison was against Dodge Center. In this game, it did not take Byron nearly as long to get on the scoreboard. In the first inning, the Bison sent 10 men to the plate, without recording a hit! Byron took advantage of four walks and three hit-by-pitches by up four runs in this single frame. Dodge Center answered back with one run in the first, third, and fifth innings. Later in the ballgame, Colin Anderson scored on a fielder's choice in the second inning and Lucas Mueller scored on a single by Tommy Jensen in the third. After these two runs, the score was 6-3, the final score of the contest.
In the third of the first three games, Byron struggled to gain momentum. After a rain delay, the Kasson Canes scored two runs in the first inning to take an early lead. On the opposite side of the field, Byron mustered just four hits to score zero runs. After several more scores by Kasson, the final score was tallied 7-0 in favor of the Canes.
In the fourth game of the season, Colin Anderson put the Bison in great position beat the Hayfield Vikings. However, on four Byron errors, the Vikings were gifted with three unearned runs. The Bison would go on to lose the game with a final score of 3-0. Byron outhit the Vikings in this contest, but the Vikings did not commit a single error.
After observing the first four games of the season, it is apparent that the Byron Bison can handle any opponent they face. As it does many times, the final score comes down to the fundamentals of baseball. The Bison have the potential to be a top-tier team in their league, given the talent on their team.