WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – The Lyon College softball team held on for two 3-2 wins over Williams Baptist this afternoon. The Scots grabbed an early 3-0 lead in both games before the Eagles tried to make a comeback, but were unsuccessful.
Rachel Norman moved into sixth all-time in program history with 113 total career hits, while Nicole Sanders now sits in a tie for eighth with 103 total hits. Cheyenne Black also hit her 15th career home run and sits in second in program history for most career home runs.
The Scots are now 27-9 overall and 10-4 in the AMC, while the Eagles stand at 12-16 overall and 7-9 in the conference. Lyon moves into a tie for third place with Missouri Baptist and William Woods. Williams Baptist sits in ninth in the AMC.
Game One: Lyon 3, Williams Baptist 2
Lyon was able to hold on for the win over the Eagles in a one-run game. The Scots jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Addison Harmon scored on an error by Williams Baptist. The Scots then hit back-to-back singles as Amber McMillan scored on a base hit by Black. The Eagles would add one run in the fifth inning, but the Scots countered with another run in the sixth. Cheyenne Herrera led off the inning with a single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Allie Lewis. Kacy Perkins then knocked her in with a double to give the Scots a 3-1 lead.
Williams Baptist scored one more run in the game in the sixth inning, but could not tie the game up as Lyon was victorious.
Norman and Harmon each had two hits in the first contest, while Sanders picked up her 13th win of the season in the circle. Sanders threw a complete game allowing just two earned runs and fanning three batters.
Game Two: Lyon 3, Williams Baptist 2
Lyon once again grabbed the early lead before Williams Baptist tried to make a comeback in the latter part of the game. The Scots would score one run each in the first three innings. Black started the scoring with her 13th home run of the season. Herrera then followed that up with her second home run of the season in the second inning, followed by an RBI single by Breanna Langford in the third – scoring Sanders.
Both teams would go scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings, but Williams Baptist tried to mount a comeback in the sixth. The Eagles tacked on a solo home run in the inning and an RBI single before the third out. Lyon would then retire the side in the final inning to fend off a rally from the Eagles.
Six different Scots had one hit in the second game. Katelyn Platt picked up her 13th win of the season tossing her 10th complete game on the year allowing two earned runs.
UP NEXT FOR THE SCOTS
Lyon returns to House Field for their final four regular season home games this weekend. The Scots will host Park University on Friday in a doubleheader at 2 p.m., followed by William Woods on Saturday for another twin bill at 12 p.m. Saturday is also the team’s annual ‘Senior Day,’ as ceremonies will take place prior to the first game.