The Lyons Midget Boys baseball opened their summer tourney play going two and two in the Lyons Youth Tournament. However, when it was time to start gearing up to win a GRPA State Championship the boys turned it on. They went 4-1 in the District 1 Tournament at Partin Park to win their first championship and then a perfect 3-0 in the state tourney, in Moultrie, to bring home the big trophy.
Lyons, remarkably, beat Wayne County 1-0 even though the boys did not have a base hit off two lefty pitchers. The only run in the game was scored in the bottom of the third. Leadoff hitter Brantley Upshaw walked and then three wild pitches moved him around the bases and to home plate with two outs on the scoreboard.
Upshaw started the game on the mound and he was dominant pitching five-innings of no-hit ball with his allotted 85 pitches. He struck out 11 and walked two. Jesus Quintero pitched the sixth and final inning and he had to get out of a major jam. He yielded a single and a double and there were runners on second and third base with nobody out. Jesus struck out the next batter and then Wayne County tried a squeeze bunt which went straight to Quintero and he threw to catcher Gailan Wilds for the second out. The game came to an exciting conclusion when Quintero struck out his second batter and than the celebration begin. For five of the All-Stars on this team this was their third state championship in four years. In 2015 they also won the Flea title and in 2017 the Mite championship. They are Kipp Mosley, Jesus Quintero, Trayvan Harris, Austin Humpries and D.J. Austin.
Bryce Braddy’s Y-101 interview with head coach Travis Blewitt
“We knew it was going ton be hard fought game,” head coach Travis Blewitt. “We played them earlier in the Lyons Tourney and won 6-1. We felt like if we could get one of two runs we had a good chance to win the game. The kids fought the whole tourney. We played the team (Moultrie) we thought would be best and beat them 9-1. Against Sumter we didn’t play early, but continued to grind and showed a lot of character. And the last game, it was one of those games where the pitching dominated the game. Brantley did not give up a hit. He struck 11 out of 15. When they put the ball in play, we made the plays. I would like to thank all the fans and parents from Lyons who came down to Moultire for the whole tourney. I want to thank coach Kirk Brantley. He works eight hours a day and comes out helps with the kids. What a great group.”
The players on the team are- Trayvan Harris, Jesus Quintero, Brantley Upshaw, Dawson Brantley, T.J. Stanley, Gailan Wilds, Kipp Mosley, Hayden Kight, Demetrius Cotler, Dawson McClendon, D.J. Austin and Alston Humphrey. The coaches are Travis Blewett and Kirk Brantley.
Wednesday- Lyons 9, Moultrie 1- Lyons got some solid pitching from starter Jesus Quintero, who pitched three innings, and Demetrius Colter, who handled the final two. Both pitchers changed speeds and they each hit a home run. Quintero went 2-3 with a solo homer and a single and Cotler smashed a two-run home run. Trayvan Harris had a pair of hits and Dawson Brantley and Kipp Mosley each had a hit. Kipp’s was a walkoff shot as he gave Lyons an eight-run lead which ended the game on the run rule.
Thursday- Lyons 15, Sumter County 14- This eight inning game featured plenty of hitting. Demetrius Cotler and T.J. Stanley had big singles in the eighth as Lyons scored three times.The Top three hitters in the lineup scored nine runs. Leadoff hitter Brantley Upshaw scored four runs and went 6-for-6 with three singles, two doubles and a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Kipp Mosley scored three runs with a single and a walk and Trayvan Harris scored twice and had three hits- a double, a single and a two-run homer also in the fourth.