Lyons Junior Girls 2017 GRPA State Champions

Four members of the 2017 Lyons Junior GRPA State Championship team seemed destined to win a title. Ellie Graham, Bailey Holland, Tori Wright and Rileigh Robinson started playing recreation ball as young Fleas. In 2013 they finished in second place in the Lyons Youth Tourney and third in the GRPA State Tourney.

Lyons Fleas finish second in the 2013 Lyons Youth Tourney

In 2014 the girls became Mites and they finished third in the Lyons Youth Tourney and they played in the state tourney at Dublin.

Lyons Mites get ready to play Douglas in the 2014 state tourney

After skipping the 2015 All Star season these four plus a fine nucleus of players from Toombs County Middle School and Robert Toombs Christian Academy won the District 1 Tourney and they finished third at state in 2016.

Coach Paul Graham high fives the 2016 District 1 champs

In 2017, as Juniors, Toombs County Middle School Bullpups Ashtyn Braddy, Rilyn Fitzgerald and Harley Hester joined most of the 2016 Midgets plus Alli Taufmann returned to the Lyons Recreation Department to form a team that had everything that is needed to win a championship.

With Holland and Braddy shutting down teams pitching from the circle, Braddy and Graham getting on base at the top of the lineup and Robinson, Hester, Wright, Taufmann and Holland driving in runs in the middle of the lineup the Lyons Juniors had two key elements in their winning formula. But these girls can also run the bases and everybody in the field can make the routine defensive play plus the occasional spectacular play. Add steady coaching, over the years, from coaches Graham Holland and Wright plus the addition of coach Fitzgerald from Toombs County, and you have a championship team.

From July 11 – 14 in 2017, Lyons rolled through the GRPA State Tournament bracket, in Augusta, outscoring it’s four opponents 43-6 including a 12-2 win over Moultrie in the championship game.

The 2017 state champs are Ashtyn Braddy, Rilyn Fitzgerald, Maison Garbutt, Ellie Graham, Rebecca Herndon, Harley Hester, Bailey Holland, Morgan Newson, Rileigh Robinson, Emma Salter, Alli Taufmann and Tori Wright.

Lyons Juniors realize their dream and win a GRPA State Championship

Lyons Junior Girls take down Camden County to move into the championship round

Holland strikes out 11 as Lyons KO’s Moultrie

Lyons Juniors open state tourney with a dominating win

GRPA State Tourney Offensive Statistics

# Roster GP PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI R HBP ROE FC CI BB K AVG OBP SLG OPS
32 Alli Taufmann 4 12 12 4 4 0 0 0 2 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
1 Ashton Braddy 4 12 11 7 5 1 1 0 3 9 0 2 0 0 1 0 .636 .667 .909 1.576
8 Bailey Holland 4 12 12 5 4 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .417 .417 .500 .917
22 Becca Herndon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
13 Ellie Graham 4 12 12 4 4 0 0 0 3 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
9 Emma Salter 4 5 5 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .600 1.000
12 Harley Hester 4 12 12 7 4 2 1 0 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .583 .583 .917 1.500
3 Maison Garbutt 4 10 9 4 3 1 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 .444 .500 .556 1.056
24 Morgan Newsome 2 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 .250 .400 .250 .650
10 Rileigh Robison 4 12 11 4 2 2 0 0 5 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 .364 .417 .545 .962
31 Rilyn Fitzgerald 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
23 Tori Wright 4 12 10 8 4 4 0 0 9 8 0 0 0 0 2 0 .800 .833 1.200 2.033
Totals 4 106 100 46 32 12 2 0 40 43 0 9 2 0 6 7 .460 .491 .620 1.111

GRPA State Tourney Pitching Statistics

# Roster IP GP GS W L SV SVO BS SV% H R ER BB K HBP ERA
1 Ashton Braddy 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 3 1 1 0 2 0 2.33
8 Bailey Holland 17.0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000 7 5 3 6 24 0 1.24
Totals 20.0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000 10 6 4 6 25 0 1.40

GRPA State Tourney Fielding Statistics

# Roster TC A PO E DP TP FPCT
32 Alli Taufmann 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1 Ashton Braddy 5 3 2 0 0 0 1.000
8 Bailey Holland 10 3 4 3 0 0 .700
22 Becca Herndon 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
13 Ellie Graham 10 6 4 0 0 0 1.000
9 Emma Salter 1 0 0 1 0 0 .000
12 Harley Hester 7 4 3 0 0 0 1.000
3 Maison Garbutt 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
24 Morgan Newsome 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
10 Rileigh Robison 23 1 22 0 0 0 1.000
31 Rilyn Fitzgerald 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.000
23 Tori Wright 31 6 24 1 0 0 .968
Totals 88 23 60 5 0 0 .943

2017 Lyons Youth Tourney

Lyons Junior Girls through the years