Lyons Midgets rebound and finish 3rd in the Lyons Youth Tournament

Coaches Travis Blewitt (left) and Kirk Brantley talk to the Lyons Midgets after thier loss to Twin City on Friday

After losing to Twin City 12-2 on Friday, the Lyons Midget Boys had a long path to get to Monday in the Lyons Youth Tournament. They would have to win three games to make it into the Final 3. The boys rebounded from their defeat with a 13-10 win over Jeff Davis and a 16-0 three inning victory over Appling County. Lyons was scheduled to play Metter at 2:30 on Saturday. However, Metter decided not to continue in the tourney after a 7-0 win over Evans County.

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With the tourney down to three teams Lyons drew Twin City again. TC hit two home runs in the first inning on the way to an 8-1 victory. Dawson Brantley drove in the only Lyons run with a single to left field. Vidalia won the tournament with a 12-0 victory over Twin City. Earlier in the bracket Vidalia beat Appling County 16-0 on Friday and edged Twin City 8-5 on Saturday.

In the Jeff Davis game, played on Field 2, Dawson Brantley hit a home run so far over the right field fence that it traveled over the pavilion and it hit the net at Little Fenway. “He threw me one a little bit outside and I just waited on it and hit it hard,” Brantley said. “It hit the net at Little Fenway.”

Against Appling, Ashton Luke came up a single short of hitting for the cycle. “I went up there for my fourth at bat and I popped up,” Luke said. Ashton added that the Twin City loss motivated the team to play better, “We lost to them in the first game and we wanted to win the tournament.”

Lucas O’Conner stroked a single and a double against Appling County. “Ashton got us started by hitting the opposite field home run,”

Zeke Barnett pitched a three inning one-hitter against Appling. “I just went out there and pitched the best I could,” Barnett said. “I tried to hit the corner where they couldn’t get a good hit off of it.” Barnett, in addition to throwing a fast ball, works in a curve ball and an occasional change up, “It (curve ball) did all right. To some batters when I got two strikes I would throw them my curve ball and get them.”