The Lyons Flea Girls entered the championship round of the GRPA State Tournament in Savannah needing just one victory over Wayne County to win the title. However, that cushion was erased by a 10-7 Wayne County win. So, what did Lyons head coach Becky Pittman do to get her team of eight and under players ready for the decisive game two? She let them have some fun between games. “Someone told me girls do well when they are having fun and boys have fun when they do well,” Pittman said. ” We just let them kind of goof and play and have fun before that second game and kept their spirits up.”
Coach Pittman’s game plan worked. Lyons came out in that second game and scored six runs in the first inning, two in the second, three in the third and then nine in the fourth to run-rule Wayne County 20-9.
Y-101 interview with head coach Becky Pittman
For the Lyons Recreation Department this was another productive season with two state championships (Flea and Midget Girls), a third place trophy (Mite Girls), and a fourth place finish by the Flea Boys.
In the past three summers the Lyons Recreation Department has won eight state championships.
The Lyons Flea Girls were led by a balanced offensive attack in the second game against Wayne. Mary Francis Stanley went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Raeann Smith 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored. Kylah Gay 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, Kanijah Toby 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored, Lindy Morris 2-for-3 with three runs scored, Braylin Pittman 1-for-3 with a run scored, Annabelle Coe 1-for-3 with three runs scored, Bella Otero 1-for-3 with two runs scored, Landyn Johnson 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, Ella Herndon 1-for-3 with a run scored, Elin Haygood reached base once and Layla Winge was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Earlier in the tournament:
Lyons 10, Wayne County 7
Lyons trailed 5-3 after three innings and then the girls scored four in the fourth and three in the fifth. Lindy Morris scored two runs and Mary Francis Stanley, Raeann Smith, Kylah Gay, Kinijah Toby, Braylin Pittman, Annabelle Coe, Landyn Johnson and Jerney Griffin each scored one.
Lyons 15, Effingham County 10
Mary Francis, Kylah, Braylin, Annabelle and Landyn each scored two runs. Raeann, Kanijah, Ellin, Ella and Layla scored one each.