The Lyons Recreation Department won two Lyons Youth Tournament Championships on Saturday at Partin Park and almost won a third title. The Lyons Junior Boys (13-14 years old) went undefeated defeating Vidalia in the championship round 6-2.
The Midget Boys (11-12) lost their first game in the final round to Vidalia 8-7 and then rebounded with a 6-3 victory to take home the big trophy. The Midget Girls lost their first game to Bacon 6-0 and then lost a one-run game 11-10 to finish second.
Lyons Midget Boys 6. Vidalia 3
Tucker Braddy was an efficient pitcher with the championship on the line. He kept the ball low in the zone and pitched a complete six inning game on just 59 pitches. At the plate Riley Kersey and Sam Sapp hit the ball off the Green Monster at Little Fenway. The bottom of the order also contributed with big hits from Tyson Brantley and Braddy.
Defensively, Lyons played almost perfect defense for five of the six innings according to head coach Travis Blewett.
The All-Stars will practice on Monday and they have games scheduled this week against Jeff Davis and Metter. The Midgets will play their District 1 Tournament at Effingham County beginning Monday, June 10 at 6 p.m. on Field 3 against Rincon. There are 10 teams in the tournament which ends with the championship game(s) on Thursday, June 13 beginning at 7 p.m. The if necessary game is on Friday, June 14 at 6 p.m.
Y-101 interview with head coach Travis Blewett
Lyons Junior Boys 6, Vidalia 2
Head coach Patrick Craft’s originally pitching plan was to piece together his throwers for the rematch with Vidalia. He started Will Watts, who is usually the starting catcher, and he was looking for three innings of work out of him. Instead, he got a complete game out of Watts. The Toombs County High School freshman to be threw six innings and allowed only three hits, one earned run with two strikeouts and one walk.
Watts faced the minimum through the first two innings allowing just a single, which was eliminated by a double play in the second inning. Vidalia scored two runs in the fourth on two singles, a walk and one of two Lyons errors in the game.
In the final two innings Will retired Vidalia three-up, three-down in the fifth on balls caught in the air in right field and at second base plus a ground out to shortstop. Two grounders and an error and a fly ball to right ended the game.
Lyons didn’t score until the third inning when Kipp Mosley, Kaden Marsh and Jesus Quintero all touched the plate. In the fourth Lyons scored three more as Watts, Brantley Upshaw and Mosley all came home.
The All-Stars pounded out 12 hits and half were extra base hits- two triples and four doubles. Kaden Marsh went 3-for-3 with a single, double, triple and a runs scored. Leadoff hitter Ashton Luke had a 3-for-4 game with a double and two singles, Watts went 2-for-4 with a single, double and a run scored, Mosley was 2-for-3 with a single, double and two runs scored, Upshaw smashed a triple and scored in his 1-for-4 game and Carson Braddy also went 1-for-4.
Y-101 interview with head coach Pat Craft
The Lyons Junior Boys will be playing in the District 1 Tournament- at Vidalia- beginning Tuesday, June 11. Their first game at 4 p.m. will match them against the winner of the Vidalia/Dublin game. There are six teams in the tourney which ends on Thursday, June 13 with the title game at 4 and the if necessary game at 6.
The Lyons Midget Girls will play host to the District 1 Tournament. Lyons will open up on Monday, June 10 at 4 p.m. against Dublin. There are only four teams in the tourney and the championship game is on Wednesday, June 12 at 5 with the if necessary game to follow.