Dyche,Warriors clobber Coyotes; Lewis-Clark State center fielder goes
2-for-4, maintains .500 average in 12-6 win over Alberston
By JIM BROWITT
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With roughly a month and exactly 15 games to go in the regular season,
Lewis-Clark State is getting to the point where talk of records is
fashionable and only a bit premature.
So here's the synopsis after Thursday night's 12-6 victory over Albertson
at Harris Field: Warrior pitchers are impressively frugal though certainly
not lapse-proof, and Joey Dyche continues to swing a bat with startling
Those circumstances, along with Albertson's persistent problems on the
fielding end, shaped L-C's ninth consecutive victory over the Coyotes. These
adversaries will play two more times this spring, heading to Caldwell for
games Saturday and Sunday.
The dynamic Dyche belted a three-run homer and rang up five RBI for the
third time this month. His 2-for-4 effort kept his batting average at an
even .500 and promoted his pursuit of one of L-C's most renowned individual
records -- Chad Miltenberger's .482 season average, set in 1983.
The fifth-inning homer was Dyche's ninth of the year, matching him with
Brandon Morris for the team lead, and moved him to the top of the RBI column
He also had a two-run single in the second-ranked Warriors' five-run
The evening was no doubt less satisfying for L-C pitchers, Ben Newton in
particular. Giving up his first three runs of the year, the senior
left-hander could reap solace from a solid seven-inning start (seven hits,
two walks, four strikeouts) that pushed him to 3-0.
"The thing about (Newton) is he's going to keep you in the game, he's
going to give you a chance to win," L-C coach Ed Cheff said. "He'll make
some mistakes, but he's not going to get you into a lot of trouble."
The primary adversity the Warriors faced, and it was negligible
considering they held an eight-run advantage at the time, came in the
Albertson eighth. Kyle Reichert, who relieved Newton to start the inning,
faced only five batters, walking two and plunking three. The Coyotes
ultimately plated three runs in the frame, and their entire scoring output
was the most L-C has given up in 12 games.
That swelled the Warriors' earned run average to 2.21, which is still the
lowest mark in Cheff's 29 years at L-C. The season-long standard is 2.30,
established in 1977.
Despite limiting L-C (34-6) to eight hits, Albertson (19-4) committed
four errors and yielded four unearned runs.
"We struggled playing defense these past two games, and we got shelled,"
Albertson coach Shawn Humberger said. "We would make things a lot easier on
ourselves if we could just play catch."
In those games -- L-C beat Albertson 8-1 on Wednesday -- the Coyotes gave
up only 12 hits but suffered nine errors and seven unearned runs.
Albertson starter Matt Zachary (4-2) lasted 43 innings, giving up five
hits while walking four and striking out as many.