Sydney Melton hit her fifth home run of the season to tie up a close game in the third inning against the Calloway County Lakers Tuesday night. The Lady Lyons went on to win, 6-3, after taking the lead in the top of the sixth inning.
Gracen Wynn put the Lady Lyons on the board in the first, batting in Lauren Davis and advancing Calista Collins to third on her ground ball to center. Hadlie Butler picked up an RBI and earned the Lady Lyons their second run of the night on her left-field single.
Addison Hicks’ double along with Paige Kramer’s single gave the Lakers an opening when Emerson Grogan stepped up to the plate. Grogan, who leads the Lakers with nine RBIs, caught a break when a Lyon County fielding error allowed her single to earn her two additional RBIs and evened the score, 2-2.
The Lakers took the lead in the bottom of the second after four walked batters warranted a pitching change. Senior Kaelyn Conger came to the Lady Lyons aide throwing just four pitches to earn the final out of the inning.
Melton’s dinger was the leadoff hit for the Lady Lyons in the top of the third, tying the game, 3-3. Katelyn Dykes and Conger were both left sitting on the bag when Hadlie Butler’s fly into left turned into a double play for the Lakers. Conger held it together for the Lyons in the bottom half, throwing the last two outs of the inning with bases loaded.
Collins broke the tie for the Lady Lyons with a line drive into left that sent lead off hitter Lauren Davis home. Collins booked it home, narrowly escaping an out at the plate after waiting to tag up on Sydney Melton’s fly into right, scoring the Lady Lyons fifth run of the night. Hadlie Butler finished off the Lakers with a homer in the top of the seventh inning, crediting the Lady Lyons with the win. Butler is one of two Lady Lyons who has racked up multiple home runs this season.
Conger was credited with the win for the Lady Lyons, surrendering no runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight, and walking none.
The Lady Lyons tallied up 12 hits. Davis (3-for-4), Butler and Dykes each had multiple hits for the Lady Lyons.
Lyon County improved to 3-2, while Calloway slipped to 4-2.
Although it is still early in the season for regional rankings, a recent coaches poll showed Lyon County ranked 25th in the state (tied with Greenwood). The All “A” tournament starts this week with the Lady Lyons playing Crittenden County in the Region 2 opening round.