Created:Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:55 p.m.CDT
Updated:Friday, April 5, 2013 12:13 a.m.CDT

Huntley's Only at best against CL Central

Sarah Nader - Huntley's Bryce Only celebrates after hitting a home run during Thursday's game against Crystal Lake Central on April 4, 2013. Huntley won, 16-2. (Sarah Nader)

Now that he’s firmly in the Cornhusker world, University of Nebraska-boundsenior Bryce Only won’t need a videotape to show other colleges.

If he hadn’t, Thursday’s baseball game against Crystal Lake Central – with his pitching and bat – would have been enough to impress them.

“That was Bryce’s best pitching performance in four years,’’ Huntleycoach Andy Jakubowski said.

Only battled Tigers left-hander Jacob Roley for three tight innings. Theunbeaten Red Raiders (6-0) took over from there, beating the Tigers, 16-2, in five innings.

“Tyler [Mindak] caught a great, great game,’’ Only said. “And Colin (Lyman) played agreat game in center field.”

Only threw hard and changed speeds effectively. At the plate, he waitedfor his second at-bat of the fourth inning for an RBI.

In the fifth and final inning, he sent a ball over the center field fence for asolo homer. That followed a three-run blast from fellow senior Kam Sallee.

“We have a good hitting team,’’ Only said. “We are a great overall hittingteam.”

To start this one-sided contest, there wasn’t much hitting going on. Huntleyhad a base runner in each of the first two innings but failed to advancethem. Central catcher Colin Telmanik had the Tigers’ first hit in the secondbut didn’t advance past second base.

By the Huntley fourth inning, after 11 hitters came to the plate, the game was no longer in doubt. Lyman scored a pair of runs and drove in another onein the eight-run frame.

At the bottom of the lineup, Jake Wagner drove in apair of runs with an opposite field single.

“It was a good game for three innings,’’ Central coach Dan Badgley said. “Andthen it snowballed on us. Guys put their heads down. We beat Carmel[Wednesday], so we’ll see how they respond.”

The Tigers (2-2) responded in the bottom of the fourth, reaching Only for tworuns, all with two outs. Three straight singles from Parker Harold, TannerLarkins and Nate Klyczek scored a pair of runs.

Huntley wasn’t quite through with their offensive production. In thevisitor’s fifth inning, the homer bats helped bring the game to an early end. Huntleyclosed with seven runs in the final inning.

In his four innings of work on the mound, Only struck out five. Lymanclosed out the game, striking out two of the three hitters he faced.

Mindak reached base all three times with a pair of walks and a hustlingdouble.