The Lyon County Lyons took the lead late to defeat the Union County Braves 6-3 on Monday night, March 20 in Eddyville. The game was tied at three with the Lyons batting in the bottom of the sixth inning when Aiden Waters singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. The win was the second in a row for the Lyons after they lost the season opener at Calloway County.
Lyon grabbed the early 1-0 lead on a Union County error at shortstop.
A messy third inning allowed Union County to take the 3-1 lead after two walked batters and one hit by a pitch loaded up the bases. Cannon Sheffer’s ground ball slipped past Lyon shortstop Austin Spears, allowing Landon Tapp to score. Isaac Phillips’ line-drive single deep into left drove two more runs in to give Union the advantage.
RBI singles from Turner Hurst and Drew Richie evened the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Peyton Williams kicked off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double, followed by a single from Brady Belt to put the Lyons in scoring position for Waters’ bunt to take the 4-3 lead. With two outs on the board and two on the bag, Richie’s single gave the Lyons insurance 5-3. Johnny Bingham’s line drive deep into center sent Waters home for the 6-3 advantage. Hurst’s ground out to first stalled momentum, giving Union one last at bat.
Two singles and a Lyon error loaded the bases with just one out for the Braves, but a smart pitch from Eli Baker forced Korben Lucas to ground out into a double play to end the inning and guarantee the win.
Lyon totaled nine hits. Belt led the Lyon offense. Belt went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Bingham was 2-for-4 with a double, one run scored and an RBI.
Union was led by Phillips, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Belt started the game for Lyon. He went five innings, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out three. Baker threw two innings in relief, allowing no runs on three hits, striking out one.
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