Lyon County American Legion Post 68 won the state junior baseball tournament for the second straight year Sunday with a 7-4 win over Shelbyville Post 37.
The win capped off a 24-1 season for the Aces, who avenged their only loss of the season at the hands of Shelbyville last month In Eddyville.
Lyon County fell behind 3-0 in the first inning on three hits and a walk by Shelbyville. Lyon answered with three runs in the third inning when Talon Cockrel walked, and Cameron Dean and Cameron Head followed with singles. Travis Yancy ripped a double to right field that scored three runs.
Seth Hosick added a two-run single in the fifth inning to put Lyon ahead for good 5-3. The Aces scored two more insurance runs in the sixth when Darrin Brown and Trace Lacy led off with singles. Head and Gabe Board followed with doubles to extend the lead to 7-3.
Christian Whalin settled down after a rocky first inning and didn’t allow any runs after the first inning. He scattered six hits over six innings and struck out five.
Lyon County advanced to the championship game with a 5-1 eight-inning win over Mayfield Post 26 in the semifinals. Head, Dean, and Kevin Brooks each had two hits, with Travis Yancy picking up the win on the mound with seven innings of six hit baseball and struck out four. Caldwell County’s Oliver Parker had two hits for Mayfield.
In the quarterfinals, Lyon County got their first win over Shelbyville with a 5-2 win Thursday. Darrin Brown’s two-run single in the fourth inning gave Lyon a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Head pitched a complete game five-hitter to get the win for the Aces.
Lyon County’s opener was a snoozer as they scored nine runs in the first inning to beat Calhoun Post 64 by a score of 19-0. Yancy had four hits and drive in a pair of runs, while Cameron Dean had three hits and three RBIs, and Darrin Brown had two hits and three RBIs.