The Lady Lyons made school history over the weekend, claiming the All “A” Classic State Championship title in a rematch against Owensboro Catholic, 10-9. Tied on several occasions throughout the game, the Lady Lyons finally pulled away in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Lyon put up four runs in the first inning to top the one run the Aces managed from a error. A double by Hadlie Butler followed by several singles and a pair of Aces errors helped produce a 4-1 Lyon lead.
Inning by inning, the Aces chipped away at the Lyon County lead, tying the game in the third inning, 4-4. Owensboro Catholic took the lead, 6-5, in the top of the fourth when Lyon’s defense was slow to get the ball in from two back to back balls that fell deep into the outfield. Calista Collins, who earned tournament MVP, tied the game up once again, 6-6, in the bottom of the inning with a home run.
The sixth inning put the Lady Aces back on top, 7-6, after a home run from Bailey Hamilton. The Lady Lyons answered with four runs before a double play shut down the Lyon scoring spree with bases loaded and the Lyons back at the top of their line up. The Lady Lyons would need to hold the 10-7 lead in Owensboro’s last at bat.
The Aces scored two runs before the Lady Lyons could get two outs on the board. The final out of the game came when Collins was run over by Hadley Phelps as she was on the downward scoop of a ball to hit to shortstop. As both girls lay on the ground, an offensive interference call for the third and final out of the game gave Lyon County a 10-9 win and the school’s first All “A” State Championship title.
The team received a heroes’ welcome home Saturday with a police escort and much of the town watching.
In addition to Collins being named MVP, four other Lady Lyons were named to the all-tournament team: Tori Schenk, Kaelyn Conger, Gracen Wynn and Sydney Melton.
The Lady Lyons (12-6)
are back in action this
week with a road game at Trigg County and home games against Livingston Central and Marshall