LORAIN — Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other side.
That pretty much spelled out Sunday afternoon’s Prospect League outing as Butler’s Dennis Lyman was just short of sensational in shutting out Lorain County, 6-0, at The Pipe Yard.
Butler (4-1) swept the two-game set to hand the Ironmen their first two losses of the year after opening with three wins.
Lyman tossed just 86 pitches over eight innings, allowing two hits and two walks in racking up his first summer league win of the year. He struck out six.
“Actually, it’s a funny story,” Lyman said. “I’m coming from a junior college (Herkimer, N.Y.). We just finished third in the nation at the (Division III Junior College) World Series in (Tyler) Texas. I was actually the closer for them.
“I signed with the BlueSox as a starter. I came out and did my job.”
Did he ever.
The Kingston, N.Y., native will enroll at Lee University this fall. On Sunday, he used his off-speed pitches to set up his fastball in his first start. Lorain County never got a runner in scoring position.
“I held up,” Lyman said. “Coach asked me if I wanted to finish the game. I was ready but he said, ‘You need to last through July.’ I was OK with that.”
“He did a great job,” Ironmen manager Joe Rhomberg said. “He was aggressive and he wasn’t afraid to come (inside). Early in the year, our bats were a little slow. They’re making adjustments with the wood bat. He really did a good job. We were late on it — jammed a lot and broke a lot of bats.”
Butler pretty much put the game away on a two-run single by Danny Urban in the three-run fourth inning. The BlueSox scored two more in the sixth.
Lorain County’s Nate Lanhals broke up Lyman’s no-hit bid in the top of the third but the Ironmen had only one other hit — a single to right by Ryan Cooper with two out in the seventh. Amherst native Tyler Bires walked three times — the first two off Lyman and the final one off Kyle Zaorski with two out in the ninth.
The Ironmen host Champion City at The Pipe Yard today and Tuesday.
Contact Tim Gebhardt at 329-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.