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St. Joe Turns to First-Year Mustang as Playoffs Near

St. Joseph will turn to Michael Lydon-Lorson Friday night in a crucial matchup against Chillicothe.
07/22/2016 9:35 AM -

By Makayla Brady

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - As Michael Lydon-Lorson toes the rubber for arguably the biggest game of the Mustangs' season on Friday night, the pitcher in his first year with the club knows there is at least one thing he can count on during a game at Phil Welch Stadium.

The fans.

“The biggest thing is the community feel. It’s really cool looking out into the stands and seeing people of all ages. You see the little kids running around and getting foul balls,” Lydon-Larson said. “I’ve never been on a team like that with that kind of fan base.”

Lydon-Lorson will make his sixth start of the summer against Chillicothe Friday at 7pm. The contest brings playoff implications with it, and the chance to make a statement with just three regular season games remaining.

And the Glencoe, Missouri native has made it evident that he's comfortable pitching in his new summer home. This season he is 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA. In his first start with the Mustangs, Lydon-Lorson threw a complete game two-hitter in a 2-0 win over Joplin. He also beat Chillicothe 4-2 at Shaffer Park on July 5.

Throughout a dominant summer, he hasn't needed to make many changes, the hurler is just trying to keep his delivery consistent.

“Just staying through it, it’s the one adjustment I’ve made this summer. From spring to summer, it has been keeping the ball and the sliders more in the fingers instead of the wrist.”

Those pitching mechanics that he'll take into a crucial contest were developed as a kid in the Show-Me State.

Lydon-Lorson grew up on the east side of Missouri with baseball in his blood. He grew up a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and playing varsity baseball for Eureka High School just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis. It was during those years that he got a taste of success on the diamond, and led to a pitching career in college at Rockhurst University.

“It’s a really great program. We were a pretty good team," Lydon-Lorson said. "The guys I played with there I played with pretty much while growing up. I guess our number one accomplishment there was my senior year we won our district title, which was a big deal for us, so it was really cool to be a part that team.”

Now, Lydon Lorson has the chance to be part of something special once again.

Another dominant outing from the right-hander could propel St. Joseph to the postseason, and a MINK League Championship.

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