Lyon County went on the road Thursday night to face one of the region’s toughest competitors, Henderson County. Henderson, which boasts a No. 16 ranking in the most recent coaches poll as well as a spotless record, needed a seventh-inning rally to squeak by the Lady Lyons, 6-5.
The Lady Lyons took off to an early lead, stacking up four runs in the top of the first. Sydney Melton, who leads the Lady Lyons with 17 RBIs, batted in Lauren Davis and advanced Calista Collins to third. Collins, who tops the leaderboard with a .636 batting average, was sent across the plate on Kaelyn Conger’s fly into right field. Conger, Gracen Wynn and Katelyn Dykes each added RBI singles in the inning.
The Lady Colonels cut Lyon County’s lead 4-2 on Taylor Troutman’s homer that batted in Anna Willett, who was on second after hitting a double into left field.
Leadoff hitter freshman Lauren Davis, who also boasts an over .600 batting average, scored the only run of the second inning on Melton’s ground out to short, giving the Lyons a 5-2 lead.
Henderson answered on twin homers from Hallie McCracken and Haleigh Beck to cut the Lady Lyons back 5-4.
After a strong showing on the mound for both teams, it all came down to the final inning.
In the home seventh, Henderson had two doubles that tied the game 5-5 with two outs. The Lady Colonels won it after a hard ground ball slipped past first baseman Katelyn Dykes that allowed JaMaya Byrum to score the winning run.
Conger tossed five innings for Lyon, allowing only two runs over three hits and struck out seven.
It was a tough loss for Lyon County considering it out hit Henderson 12-7. Collins (4-for-4), Davis and Conger each had multiple hits for the Lady Lyons.
The Lady Lyons are now an even 3-3, while Henderson remains unscathed at 4-0. The two Region 2 teams will not meet again unless paired at the end-of-the-season state tournament.