Chiefs blank Tigers in season opener

Bellefontaine ace Cody Lyons did not show any early-season rust in Monday’s season opener.


Bellefontaine catcher Jordan Baughman reaches to tag West Liberty-Salem’s Trent Thomas at home plate during the sixth inning of Monday’s game at WL-Salem. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Lyons recorded 10 strikeouts and allowed only three hits in six innings of work as the visiting Chieftains shut out West Liberty-Salem 5-0.

A senior right-hander, Lyons walked just one Tiger. Of his 86 pitches, 56 were strikes.

“Cody threw the ball really well,” said BHS head coach Art Caudill. “He has done a great job of challenging people during his career. He has been battling some back problems, but he went out there and did a great job of challenging their hitters.”

Making his WL-Salem coaching debut, Rob Rogan was also impressed by the work of Lyons.

“I thought we battled pretty well, but Cody is an outstanding pitcher,” said Rogan, who replaced longtime coach Toby Smith after he left to be the head football coach at Bellefontaine. “It is hard to be disappointed about our hitting because of who we were going up against.”


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