Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - Updated: 9:31 AM
The Lyon County Middle School Lady Lyons softball team played three games last week, starting the week on Monday, Aug. 22, on the road against the Marshall County Lady Marshals. The Lady Marshals came out strong on defense, shutting the Lady Lyons down in the first inning with three outs against three batters.
The Lady Lyons answered with a strong defensive effort in the bottom of the first inning, allowing the Lady Marshals just one run, and ending the inning 1-0. In the top of the second inning, 8th graders Rachel Coursey and Kerstin Craft singled, but the Lady Lyons were unable to get a run across the plate. In the bottom of the second inning, the Lady Marshals also put runners on base, but the Lady Lyons managed to step up on defense and close out the inning with no runs scored by the Marshals.
In the top of the third inning, the Marshall County pitcher walked Tori Schenk, and Kaelyn Conger singled. But once again, the Marshals’ defense managed to gain three outs against the Lyons without letting them score. In the bottom of the third inning, the Lady Lyons’ defense started strong, with two outs against two batters. But the Lady Marshals had a two-out rally, and the Lady Lyons’ defense allowed three runs to cross the plate before they got the third out of the inning. The fourth inning of the game showed a similar performance by the Lady Marshals, as they scored four runs and allowed none by the Lady Lyons. The game ended in defeat for the LCMS softball team, with a score of 8-0 in favor of the Lady Marshals.
The next night, the Lady Lyons played in their first home game of the season against the Christian County Lady Colonels. In the top of the first inning, the home team allowed two runs by the Lady Colonel offense. In the bottom of the inning, the Lady Lyons answered with a nice triple by 8th grader Sydney Melton. Melton would later score on an RBI by 8th grader Calista Collins, and the inning would close out with a score of 2-1 in favor of the Lady Colonels. The second inning opened with a triple by the Lady Colonels, and that runner would score before the Lady Lyons could get three outs.
The Lady Colonels’ defense was strong in the bottom of the second, netting three outs against three Lady Lyons batters. In the third inning, the Lady Colonels’ offense started warming up, and the team put on several base runners, scoring three runs.
The Lady Lyons were unable to answer in the bottom of the third, when the Lady Colonels held them scoreless. The next two innings saw similar gains by the Lady Colonels, while the Lady Lyons continued to struggle on offense. At the end of five innings, the Lady Colonels got the victory with a score of 10-1.
On Thursday night, the Lady Lyons traveled to Livingston County to face off against the Lady Cardinals. The well-matched teams ended five innings tied at 1-1, and international tie-breaker rules went into effect, with each team starting its sixth inning at-bat with a runner on second base.
As the visiting team, the Lady Lyons batted first, and their offense came out strong, scoring two runs. But the Lady Cardinals’ offense answered by scoring two runs of their own, and the international tie-breaker extended into the seventh inning, with each team again starting its at-bat with a runner on second.
The Lady Lyons managed to score that runner in the top of the seventh, and their defense took the field knowing they had to hold the home team scoreless to win the game. The Livingston runner who started at second moved to third on a bunt, and then she scored, tying the game at 4-4. With two outs, Livingston County’s Lauren Wring stepped up to the plate and hit a bomb to the center field fence, scoring the winning run for the Lady Cardinals.