Peyton Williams

Peyton Williams holds his man on third, hopeful for a play in the Lyons’ win over Marshall County.

Austin Spears was an RBI machine on Thursday, March 30, driving in five runs on two hits to lead Lyon County past Marshall County at 14-8.

Spears’ grand slam capped off a nine-run bottom of the first for the Lyons. Brady Belt made quick of three outs on the mound to take the Lyons into their first at-bat with a blank board. Spears’ single, followed by Johnny Bingham’s double, drove in two more runs to give Lyon an 11-0 advantage just two innings in.

Just when it looked like the Lyons would just need to wait out a few more innings to end the game early in a mercy rule, Marshall’s explosive fourth inning quickly cut the gap to 11-6. The big inning was powered by hits from Preston Holman, Alex Staples, Clayton Wyatt and multiple Lyon County errors.

Belt is credited with the win. He lasted 3.1 innings, allowing three hits and six runs while striking out one. Spears and Eli Baker entered the game out of the bullpen to close out the game in relief. Baker and Spears each allowed just one run to hold off the Marshals through the final three innings.

The Lyons tallied 12 hits in the game. In addition to Spears, Drew Richie, Bingham and Baker each had two hits. Bingham had a double with an RBI and a run scored while Baker had a double with three RBIs. Richie also had two scored runs.

The Lyons improved to 5-3 overall with the win. Marshall slipped to 6-4.