After an empty scoreboard for four innings, the Lyon County Lady Lyons took and held the lead over the Livingston Central Lady Cardinals in a 5-3 victory April 27 to secure the top seed in the district.
COVID-19 rules state that the team’s first match up will determine seeding for the end of season tournament. Last week’s game was all that stood in the way of a No. 1 seed for the Lady Lyons.
On an eight-game winning streak, the Lady Lyons bats woke up in the fourth inning.
With Lauren Davis on base after a single, Calista Collins slammed her 10th home run of the season and gave the Lady Lyons a 2-0 lead. The home run must have shook Livingston County pitcher, Sydney Lasher, because she hit the next batter, Sydney Melton, and allowed two back to back singles from Kaelyn Conger and Gracen Wynn, allowing Melton home for Lyon County’s third run. Conger scored on an error to put the Lady Lyons up 4-0 just before Tori Schenk’s bunt was snagged by Lasher for the final out of the inning.
Livingston scored its first run in the fifth, which might have been two if it weren’t for Melton behind the plate. Emersyn Ramage’s ball was hit to left fielder Lilly Perry, who quickly sent the ball to shortstop Collins and then Collins fired the ball to Melton at home. Calista Jennings, on base for the Lady Cardinals, must have underestimated the Lady Lyons speed and found herself just a tad bit late for the meeting and became the first out for Livingston instead of the first run. With only one out, Lyon County played it safe with an out at first base, allowing Ramage to score the lone run for the Lady Cardinals. Lauren Wring’s ground out to pitcher Tori Schenk marked the third out, leaving Joiner on the bag.
The Lady Lyons added a run in the top of the sixth. Melton, who reached first on a Livingston shortstop error, was batted to third on Kaelyn Conger’s double and eventually sent home on Katelyn Dykes’ sacrifice to first, adding to the Lady Lyons 5-1 lead.
A seventh-inning, two-out rally from the Lady Cardinals could have gotten nasty. First up to bat for the Lady Cardinals, Madeline Norton won the battle on a full count to double to center field. Although the next two batters grounded out, Norton was moved to third. Two big hits from Joiner and Lasher sent both Norton and Joiner home cutting the Lady Lyons lead to 5-3. Schenk baited Lauren Wring with a rise ball that popped up into foul territory to second baseman Hadlie Butler, ending the late rally.
Schenk (6-0) threw the win for Lyon County in seven innings, allowing three runs over eight hits, striking out eight and walking only two.
Conger led the Lady Lyons with two hits in three at-bats, picking up a double and an RBI. Lyon County was effective in the field committing no errors. Melton had the most chances in the field with nine.
The Lady Lyons (14-6) now hold the No. 2 spot in the region, just below Christian County (12-4), who according to the latest coaches poll is ranked No. 16 in the state. The two teams will meet again on May 15 at Christian County.