The Wildcats would jump out in front early in the 1st inning with a lead of 5-0. West Lyon continued their scoring in the 2nd with Dylan Whalen getting on base after being hit by a pitch. He would come into score later on a sacrifice fly by Jaden Snyder to stretch their lead to 6-0. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Western would get the bats going, adding 4 runs of their own.
The third inning would feature 2 more runs coming in for the Wolfpack to knot it up at 6 after 3 innings played. Western would get their first lead of the game bottom of the fifth after Tyson Kooima would lead the inning off with a hit. The designated hitter Cade Broek would drive in Kooima for the 7-6 lead.
West Lyon responded 4 runs of their own in the top of the sixth, and in kind, Western returned with six runs of their own. All told, it was 13-10 going into the 7th inning of play in favor of Western Christian. West Lyon, not to be out done, added another 5-run inning and took the lead 15-13 into the bottom of the 7th. Western Christian tied it up at 15’s after Tyson Kooima came into score on one of Carter Pollema’s 4 stand up doubles. Courtesy runner Josh Dykstra would come into tie it up at 15 after a hit by Broek. West Lyon would grab the win after a 3-run ninth inning, ending the game at 18-15.
In a game that featured 3 pitching changes for West Lyon, Dylan Whalen would get the win, pitch the last 3 innings, striking out 7, walking 3, allowing 4 hits, and earning 2 runs in his time at the mound.
Brady Van’t Hul would take the loss for Western Christian. Van’t Hul went 2 2/3 innings, he gave up 2 earned runs on just 4 hits and struck out 2.
West Lyon improves to 11-10 on the year and will face Okoboji Saturday night in Hull for the District title.
Western Christian ends their season at 11-13.