There was a much deeper purpose than a simple win or loss for Lyon County softball (4-6) on Thursday night, but what happened in Eddyville over the course of seven innings won't soon be forgotten in what could only be described as the greatest tribute that the team could have ever given Kendra Craft.
It wasn't enough to give McCracken County a scare last week. The Lady Lyons had to capitalize against No. 4 in the state Christian County.
Honoring Kendra Craft -- the mother of sophomore players Kerstin and Kyra Kraft -- just a few days after her passing away from cancer at the age of 36, the Lady Lyons just upset the No. 1 team in all of Region 2. At Lee S. Jones Park on a cloudy Thursday evening, there was only sunshine in the dugout of Lady Lyon softball as the Lady Lyons (4-6) racked up 16 runs and six in the sixth inning in a 16-11 win over the No. 1 Lady Colonels for head coach Jason Collins.
All proceeds of the game were given to the Craft family, as Kendra Craft was an active member in the community and with the Lady Lyon softball team in support of her daughters.
Christian County (9-1) was handed its second loss of the season after falling to Louisville Butler.
A day after Kaelyn Conger (4-8 with 8 RBIs and ahem run) and Sydney Melton (5-9 with seven RBIs and two home runs) were named co-athletes of the week for The Paducah Sun, the Lady Lyons showed just why it takes more than one individual to define the potential of this team, and the 3-6 record the Lady Lyons sported coming into Thursday night was zero indication of just what Christian County was up against.
Wearing arm bands that read "pray4kc" the day after Kendra's funeral, the Lady Lyons reeled off 14 hits for their 16 runs, and a home run in the second inning set it all off.
Calista Collins finished with five RBIs and a home run with 3-3 at the plate, Sydney Melton drew two walks, Kaelyn Conger had three RBIs and three hits and Allie Culp finished with eight strikeouts in six frames on the hill for the Lady Lyons, with 19 first-pitch strikes, who got undoubtedly their biggest win of the season. Coursey also scored three times and went 2-3
Christian County took a 4-2 lead in the first frame behind Tyler Shemwell (3-4 with six RBIs) and a 6-2 lead in the second, but two home runs helped change everything for the Lady Lyons, who came up big with five runs in the second and six runs in the sixth.
When the rally came, it came in a hurry. Down 4-0, Calista Collins drilled a two-run homer to trim the deficit to 4-2 before Tyler Shemwell got it back up to 6-2 Christian County, then Conger's three-run bomb an inning later pushed the Lady Lyons ahead.
Lyon County got three runs in the third for a 10-6 lead when Rachel Coursey doubled and Melton ripped an RBI single.
Christian County game right back with a home run from Tyler Shemwell to get within 10-9 in the fourth, then tied the game on a double from Tenley Gilbert in the fifth and took the lead on an unearned run at 11-10, but it would be their last run of the night.
Culp sent in two to put Lyon County up for good 12-11 in the sixth. Kyra Craft had a sac fly to center to put Lyon County up 13-11, then Tori Schenk singled and Collins sent in two runs for the 16-11 cushion.
Christian County would strand its final two batters as Culp struck out the final out. The Lady Lyons will play this weekend at the Brentwood Invitational.