Lyon County weathered a push by the Crittenden County Rockets in the first inning, where the Lyons coughed up three runs, but still managed to secure their fifth straight win, 11-5, Friday night.
The Lyons (10-3) improved to 3-0 in district play and expected to secure the No. 1 seed this week when they host Livingston Central.
Crittenden’s big first inning came in part from Gabe Mott and Tyler Boone. Boone and Mott put together a double play in the Lyon’s first at bat that kept some of the heaviest hitters off the board. The Lyons got off to a rough start in the field, with Eli Baker’s error at third that advanced Logan Bailey and pitcher Travis Yancy hitting Caden McCallister, ultimately being the base runners that would score the first two of three runs to give Crittenden the 3-0 lead. Trace Adams scored the third run after his single to right field that earned him a spot on the first was followed by singles from Mott and Boone.
Down 3-0, Lyon County’s big push came in the third inning when what should have been pop flies turned into a double for Gunnar Bingham and a single for Brodie Williams. Travis Yancy was then walked, loading the bases for Jackson Shoulders. Shoulders’ line drive single to center sent Bingham home. Aidan Rush found a hole in left and also picked up a RBI single to cut the Rockets lead to 3-2. With bases still loaded and no outs, two walks brought home two runs and gave the Lyons a 4-3 lead. Even after a pitching change, it seemed like the Rockets couldn’t catch a break, committing yet another error that allowed Rush to add to the 5-3 score before the side was retired.
Crittenden answered back with a run in the bottom of the third when senior Caden McCallister, who singled on a ground ball to second, crossed the plate on Trace Adams’ line drive double to center field trimmed the Lyons lead to 5-4. The Lyons looked a little nervous after what looked like strikes from Yancy walked Boone and Mott, loading the bases. Lyon County’s strong defense backed by Bingham, Brady Darnall and Eli Baker snagged the next three outs to shut down any chance the Rockets had at making a comeback.
Darnall’s bunt in the top of the fifth loaded the bases after Baker and Aiden Waters walked. Bingham and Yancy singled, sending all three boys home and making the Lyons lead 8-4.
Crittenden County’s Gabe Mott scored their last run of the night on a wild pitch in a pick off attempt at first prompting a Lyon County pitching change. Aidan Rush came to the Lyons aid, spurring a double play from shortstop Bingham to first baseman Jackson Shoulders that finished off any chance Crittenden had to score with the Lyons ahead 8-5.
Christian O’Daniel scored on a passed ball in the sixth, while Gunnar Bingham drove in the final two runs to add to the Lyons’ final margin.
Yancy and Rush split the pitching efforts for the Lyons. Yancy pitched the first 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits, striking out four and walking three. Rush, who threw the final 2 2/3 innings, allowed no runs on one hit, striking out one and walking none.
The Lyons tallied eight hits with Bingham and Yancy each going 2-for-4. Yancy also claimed two RBIs. Shoulders, Rush, Williams and O’ Daniel all had hits for the Lyons as well.