Aidan Rush wasted no opportunity at the plate Friday night in the border battle with the Caldwell County Tigers, as he drove in four runs over three hits in Lyon County’s 12-2 victory.
Murray State University signee Gunnar Bingham showed strength on the mound, surrendering only two runs on four hits over five innings, striking out eight, and walking two. The game was called after the fifth inning due to a run rule.
Bingham started off a bit shaky, walking Logan Smiley and allowing Hunter Newsome a double, both of which eventually crossed the plate as the first two runs for the Tigers. Brady Holeman’s ground ball to short was snagged by Rush, who made the out on a throw to Jackson Shoulders at first to close the top of the first inning with Tigers up 2-0.
In the home first inning, Bingham started the Lyons off with a double deep into center field. Brody Williams was walked and replaced by courtesy runner Peyton Williams, giving the Lyons the opportunity to tie up the game.
Travis Yancy batted in Bingham on a single which also advanced Peyton Williams to third. Jackson Shoulders managed to send Williams home, tying the game at 2, before he and Yancy were left sitting after the next three at-bats for the Lyons came up empty.
Bingham struck out three of four Caldwell batters in the second inning before the Lyons plated four runs. Hits from Christian O’Daniel, Bingham, Brody Williams, Rush and Tavis Yancy along with Caldwell errors all contributed to a 6-2 lead.
The Tigers had three more opportunities to bat before the game was called on a 10-run mercy rule in the fifth inning.
Bingham’s fastball paired with strong defense in the field shut down any chance the Tigers had.
Gabe Dyer replaced Deontaye Walls hoping to slow the Lyon surge, but Cissell, O’Daniel, and Bingham stacked up another two runs during the Lyons last at bat.
The Lyons are now 3-0.
Caldwell County sits at 1-1 with their next matchup against McCracken County on Monday expected to be a tough one as well.