EDDNWS-03-31-21 LYONS VARSITY PIC 1

Senior Austin Long pitches in the season opener.

The Lyon County Lyons put out the Crittenden County Rockets in the first district game of the season.

Austin Long, a senior who was recognized after the game for signing to play at Greenville University, opened the first inning, allowing one hit and walking one batter, but managed to shut things down before the Rockets were able to get on the board.

Brody Williams put the Lyons on the board with a homer deep into centerfield, scoring two runs. Unfortunately for the Lyons, Travis Yancy and Aiden Rush were left on second and thirrd after both singled.

The Rockets were left runless in the second inning while the Lyons stacked up two additional runs. Corey Cissel put the Lyons on base with a double.

Cissell was able to steal third and put the Lyons in a position to score on Yancy’s single. Christian O’Daniel drove in the final run of the inning with the Lyons leading the Rockets 4-0.

The third inning was a wash as pitching strengthened for both teams. Logan Bailey, pitcher for the Crittenden Rockets, was able to hold the Lyons to a single run in the 4th, but the Rockets still never managed to cross the plate.

Long’s shutout came to an end in the fifth inning after a few hits and an error in the field finally broke the Rockets five inning scoreless record. The Rockets managed a single run before Caden McCallister’s pop fly was snagged by second baseman O’Daniel to close the inning.

The Lyons put up three runs in the sixth inning. Rush and Cissell each drove in runs during the inning. The 6th inning was also a big inning for the Rockets. The Rockets had big hits from Logan Bailey and Braxton Winders that helped close in on the Lyons lead.

The Lyons had 12 hits in the game. Yancy, O’Daniel and Cissell had multiple hits for Lyon County. Yancy went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Lyons in hits. Bailey led the Rockets with two hits in 3 at bats.