Horton hits grand slam as Williams Baptist beats Lyon

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (LyonScots.com)– The Lyon College softball team came within one hit of battling Williams Baptist College almost even during Tuesday afternoon's American Midwest Conference makeup contest at the WBC Softball Field. But that one hit was a grand slam home run, and it enabled the Lady Eagles to take a 6-2 win over the Scots.

Lyon dropped to 10-17 on the season, 4-8 in AMC action and into an eighth-place tie with idle Benedictine University-Springfield (Ill.) (17-20, 5-9 AMC) with 10 games remaining in the regular season. The top eight teams in the conference advance to the postseason tournament.

Williams Baptist outhit the Scots 8-5, but four of the Scots' hits were extra-base hits. Freshman Lexi Reyes (Tucson, Ariz.) went 1-for-2, with a double and a run scored; junior Kelsey Goodman (Rogers, Ark.) doubled and drove in a run in three at-bats; freshman Krysta Cook (Palmdale, Calif.) connected with a two-bagger; and freshman Haley Huffstuttler (Wynne, Ark.) doubled and scored in four at-bats. Freshman Katherine Bartley (Vilonia, Ark.) added a single.

Hallie Horton keyed a four-run third inning for the Lady Eagles as she hit a two-out, grand slam over the right field fence that enabled Williams to overcome a 1-0 deficit and go in front 4-1. Mallory Siebert posted a 2-for-4 effort, with a run scored, and Kayla Jones doubled and drove in a run.

After taking a 4-1 lead, the Lady Eagles managed two insurance runs in the fourth frame and then held off a late Lyon rally. The Scots, who left seven runners stranded in the game, scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Huffstuttler hit a double to left-center and later scored on a wild pitch. But Lyon left two runners standing on the bases when the inning ended and only put one runner on in the seventh.

Rylee Rogers (6-6) picked up the victory in the circle for Williams Baptist. She went the distance, giving up a pair of earned runs, while fanning eight and walking just two.

Freshman Hope Woods (Huntsville, Ark.) suffered the loss for Lyon to fall to 5-2 on the year. She pitched the first five innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, with a pair of walks. Reyes worked the final two frames, without allowing a hit. She struck out one.

The Scots took a 1-0 lead in the second when Reyes hit a double and plated when Goodman tagged a double of her own.

Lyon College will open up a four-game homestand on Friday when the Scots host Mid-Continent with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Lyon will then host Freed-Hardeman Saturday in a twinbill that gets underway at 12-noon.