Editor’s Note: In interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the mother of Kate Gilson did not write this article.
The Lyons High School Lady Lions fast-pitch softball team traveled to Burlington last weekend, and came home with third place honors.
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Game 1: Kate Gilson hits and pitches Lady Lions to 18-1 victory
Lady Lions beat Yuma in the first game of the tournament 18-1 Friday, September 6, behind both the bat and the arm of Kate Gilson. Gilson racked up three RBIs
on three hits for Lady Lions. She singled in the first and second innings and doubled in the third inning. She also looked sharp on the mound. Gilson held Yuma hitless over one-third of an inning, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out none. The offense exploded for the Lady Lions in the third. In the inning Lady Lions scored ten runs. Pitcher Abbie Liquori recorded the win for Lady Lions. She allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings. She struck out two, walked two and gave up two hits. The game’s first lead went to Lady Lions thanks to a first inning rally that saw five runs cross the plate on two errors, a groundout by Sam Hamilton, and a walk by Liz Jonjak. Lady Lions added three more runs in the top of the second. Gilson kicked things off with a single, bringing home Kayla Bunton and Liz.
Game 2: All-around effort leads Lady Lions past Limon 15-2
Sammy Bashor came up big at the dish and on the rubber, leading Lady Lions to a 15-2 win over Limon on Friday, September 6. Bashor racked up four RBIs on three hits for Lady Lions. She doubled in the second inning, singled in the second inning, and homered in the fourth inning. Limon couldn't get anything going as long as Sammy was pitching. Limon managed just three hits off of Bashor, who allowed one earned run, walked two and struck out four during her four innings of work. The Lady Lions jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Then Lady Lions bats came to life in the second inning with a single from Kayla Bunton. Kate Gilson doubled, plating Liz Jonjak and Sam Hamilton. Total of nine runs scored. In the bottom of the fourth, Lady Lions Sammy Basher hit a homer bringing in Hannah Baker and Abbie Liquori ending the game with the umpire invoking the mercy rule (12 runs after 4 innings).
Game 3: Offenses dominate as Lady Lions outscores Akron 14-8
The Lady Lions and Akron lit up the scoreboard on Friday as they combined for twenty-two runs. In the end, Lady Lions won the offensive battle 14-8 in five innings. The teams totaled 19 hits in the game. Fourteen runs in the opening three innings allowed Lady Lions to easily put away Akron. A two-run double by Liz Jonjak, a groundout by Hannah Baker, an RBI single by Amanda Danduran, a passed ball, a two-run single by Kayla Bunton, and an error during the first inning, and an RBI single by Crysten Kurland and a single by Abbie Liquori in the second inning supplied the early offense for Lady Lions. Jonjak racked up two RBIs on three hits for Lady Lions. Kate Gilson got the win for Lady Lions. She allowed two runs over 2 2/3 innings. Kate struck out none, walked two and gave up one hit. Five Akron runs crossed the plate in the bottom half of the second, making the score 10-6. An error, an error, a two-run triple by M. Watson, and a passed ball gave Akron life. Finally, Liquori got L. Perez to fly out to end the threat.
Game 4: Lady Lions drops 15-5 game to Brush (this was to advance to the championship game) Kate Gilson went 2-2 at the plate, but Lady Lions fell 15-5 to Brush at Burlington on Saturday, September 7. Two of Lady Lions' runs were scored thanks to timely hitting by Gilson. She singled in the fourth inning and doubled in the fifth inning. Maggie, Lavern and Kelly helped lead Brush. They combined for five hits and five RBIs. Brush increased its lead with three runs in the third. An error scored Kelly to get Brush on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Lavern's double, bringing home Kristen. Brush added seven more runs in the top of the fourth. The inning got off to a hot start when Maggie doubled, scoring Alex. That was followed up by Kristen's single, bringing home Maggie. Four runs in the bottom of the fifth helped the Lady Lions close its deficit to 13-4. An RBI single by Liz Jonjak, a passed ball, and a two-run double by Gilson sparked Lady Lions’ rally. Finally, Christen got Crysten Kurland to strike out to end the threat. After pushing across one run in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Lions faced just a 15-5 deficit. An RBI single by Jonjak gave Lady Lions life. Christen ended the game by getting Sam Hamilton to ground out.
Game 5 Lady Lions defeats Akron 12-7 (this was the third place game)
Liz Jonjak had three RBIs, helping Lady Lions to a 12-7 victory over Akron on Saturday at Burlington. She singled in the second inning and doubled in the sixth inning. Even though Sammy Bashor allowed seven runs over six innings she still recorded the victory. Bashor struck out six, walked four and gave up six hits. The lead stayed with Lady Lions after the first, when they scored two runs on a groundout by Kayla Bunton and an RBI single by Sam Hamilton. A four-run third inning helped bring Akron within one. An RBI single by B. .K, a sacrifice fly by L. .F, a passed ball, and gave Akron life. Finally, Bashor induced an inning-ending ground out from M. P. The Lady Lions added six more runs in the top of the sixth. A clutch error scored Shelby Andrew to open the scoring in the frame. That was followed up by Jonjak’s double, plating Lauren Simms. Two runs in the bottom of the sixth helped Akron close its deficit to 12-7. A passed ball and an error triggered Akron’s comeback. Finally, Bashor got L. P. to end the game.