The Lyon County district conference room was packed full as the community came together to witness the commitment of three 2022 seniors to continue their baseball career at the collegiate level.
Jackson Shoulders, Brody Williams, and Gunnar Bingham are three of five players on the roster of Lyon County’s 2021 team that made a run for the state title to go on to play baseball at the next level. Adian Rush and Austin Long were 2021 graduates on the team who also signed earlier in the year. The team finished in 3rd place after a 10-3 loss to Trinity Louisville who went on to win the 2021 state championship. It was the first time in school history that a varsity baseball team made it past the first round in the regional championship.
Shoulders will be continuing the tradition of purple at Kentucky Wesleyan, an NCAA Division II school located in Owensboro.
Lyon County Baseball Coach Ricky Baker had many great things to say about Shoulders and his performance over the last few years. He noted that Shoulders always pulled through and made “big things happen.”
One of those notable “big things” was a 4-inning shutout in the state tournament against Trinity Louisville. Shoulders only made 7 appearances on the mound in 2021 due to an injury, but still finished the season 4-2 with a 3.07 era. Shoulders led the Lyons with a .436 batting average as well as topped the state leaderboard, ranking 7th for home runs with 12. Shoulders also made an appearance on the state leaderboard for a .809 slugging percentage earning him 25th overall. He was also named to the 2nd All State team.
Williams will continue his baseball career as a Golden Flash at Kent State in Kent, Ohio, an NCAA Division 1 school in the Mid-American Conference. Baker said Williams was “ the hardest working player he has ever worked with.”
While there aren’t many defensive stats in baseball, Williams, who is the Lyon County catcher, has played an important role for the team. Williams is known for his quick arm that keeps base runners on the bag. His knowledge of the game and the ability to think two steps ahead of the other team have been a pivotal part of the Lyon County defense. Williams is also one of the Lyons heavy hitters. He topped the state leaderboard for home runs just three places behind Shoulders with a season total of 10 home runs. He finished the season with a .358 batting average and led the Lyons in doubles with a team high of 12. Williams’ performance also earned him a spot on the Third All State team.
Bingham will continue his baseball at the collegiate level at Murray State University, an NCAA Division 1 school in the Ohio Valley Conference. Bingham will not be the first Racer in the family. His older sister Sophie accepted an offer to play softball at MSU in 2018 before she transferred to Georgetown University this summer.
Baker said Bingham was “the most athletic player that he’s ever had the opportunity to coach.” Bingham, who primarily plays shortstop, has been known for his versatility on the field. He led the Lyons in stolen bases with 16. He also led the Lyons with 51 runs which was also good enough to earn him the 13th spot on the state leaderboard for the 2021 season.
Besides his work in the field, Bingham topped the mound three times during the 2021 season and walked away with 2 wins and a 1.40 earned run average. At bat, Bingham carried the team’s third highest batting average at .359 and cranked home 7 home runs.