Craft

Lyon County’s Kyra Craft watches for the ball at third against Union County.

The Lyon County Lady Lyons ended yet another game early by way of the mercy rule, topping the Union County Bravettes on Monday night.

A game that remained tied for much of the night opened up in the fifth inning, when the Lady Lyons put up 10 runs on the way to a six-inning 15-5 victory.

Neither team got on the board until the second inning. Lyon County’s Kaelyn Conger was strong on the mound but a few errors in the field allowed three runs for Union County. Singles from Sydney Thomas, Jaylen Tackett and Leah Hunley paired with a bunt from Jralee Roberson stacked up quickly before Conger struck out Teagan Windell looking on an inside changeup.

In the bottom of the second, Katelyn Dykes doubled to start a two-out rally and Rachel Coursey was hit by a pitch giving the Lady Lyons two on the bag. Bravettes pitcher Hannah Carter slowed the flow by inducing Tori Schenk to hit a flat ball that was snagged by third baseman Jaylee Meadors closing the inning.

The Lady Lyons tied it up in the bottom of the third. Lauren Davis kicked things off with a beautiful bunt down the third base line. Calista Collins followed with a double on a hard ground ball to left, and with two outs, the pressure was on. One by one, Lady Lyons Gracen Wynn, Conger and Dykes all battered the Bravettes outfield with singles before Union County was able to shut it down.

The fourth inning was a wash for both teams, keeping it an even at 3-3. The fifth inning started off with Union County’s Meadors sneaking one by Lily Perry on third for a single. Conger then walked Roberson, adding a second baserunner for the Bravettes. Carter drove in those two runners with a long ball into right before the Lady Lyons could get the ball in. Alert after Carter’s long ball, Lyon third baseman Lily Perry snagged the next two pop flies the Bravettes sent her way for the final outs of the inning.

Collins busted the bottom of the inning wide open with a homer to center field. The momentum would be felt hard by the Bravettes, as Collins’ run would be the first of 10 that inning. Sydney Melton doubled and was then batted in by Conger’s single to left to tie the game 5-5. Wynn’s hard-hit turned into two bases after an error in right field and started what would be a series of five singles for the Lyons, one of which sent her home giving the Lady Lyons the lead, 6-5. The Bravettes infield began to fall apart, while the Lady Lyons gained momentum and two additional runs. Melton came up to bat with Collins on base, smashing her fourth home run of the season into left field for the final two runs of the inning putting the Lady Lyons ahead, 13-5.

The Bravettes had one last unsuccessful opportunity at the plate before the Lady Lyons had another series of hits that evoked the mercy run rule and ended the game. The Lady Lyons (3-2) claimed their third win of the season coming back from a two-game losing streak. Union County (4-1) suffered its first loss of the season.

Conger earned the win for the Lady Lyons, allowing six hits and five runs, striking out eight. Collins went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead the Lady Lyons in hits.