Senior pitcher Kaelyn Conger threw a 16-0 shutout against Livingston Central on her home field at Lee S. Jones ballpark on May 31 to claim the Fifth District championship title for her team one last time. Conger needed only four innings and 54 pitches to send the Cardinals home.
Livingston Central, who had upset Crittenden County in a 10-inning game hours earlier to advance to the championship, remained quiet for much of the game. Sydney Lasher’s hard ground ball to second in the top of the first inning was the only hit the Lady Cardinals earned.
The Lady Lyons scored multiple runs in each inning with the fourth inning being their biggest inning of the night with six runs.
Earlier, Gracen Wynn’s single drove in Hadlie Butler and Sydney Melton for two runs in the first.
Melton’s home run along with singles from Calista Collins, Lauren Davis, Kaelyn Conger and Wynn stacked up four more runs in the second.
Melton hit her second home run of the night, which is also her 28th career home run, in the bottom of the third. Melton currently ranks second in the state for home runs while the Lady Lyons as a team rank fifth.
Melton’s home run, a double by Kaelyn Conger, a single from Hadlie Butler, and two Livingston County errors added four more runs in the third inning, giving the Lady Lyons a 10-0 lead.
The Lady Lyons saw hits from Katelyn Dykes, Tori Schenk, Kerstin Craft, Collins and Wynn to tally up the five runs needed to invoke the mercy rule and end the game early.
Wynn led the Lady Lyons offense going 3-for-4 from the plate and earning five RBIs. Melton went 2-for-2 with a pair of twin homers that scored four runs. Collins, who was 2-for-4 for the night, also added two scored runs and four RBIs.
Conger finished the night in the circle allowing one hit and zero runs, striking out eight and walking none.
Melton, Collins, Conger and Butler were named to the All-District team.