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Chiefs show the heart of Lyons

Senior’s walk-off homer in ninth sends BHS past Shawnee

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ABOVE: Bellefontaine’s Cody Lyons hits a game-winning home run. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine’s players and coaches celebrate after Lyons crossed home plate in Thursday’s 5-4 victory. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MATT HAMMOND, TONY BARRETT

Cody Lyons has won a lot of baseball games with his right arm. He showed Thursday he can win one with his bat, too.

Playing in his final home game, Lyons ripped a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a dramatic rally against Springfield Shawnee.

“That was a swing we will all remember for a long time,” said Bellefontaine head coach Art Caudill. “Cody is such a bulldog. He had been struggling a little bit at the plate, but he looks at every at-bat as a new opportunity. He seized his opportunity.”

Lyons’ ninth-inning solo shot over the left-field fence with one out gave Bellefontaine a 5-4 victory in a Division II sectional semifinal at Blue Jacket Park.

“I was looking for that one pitch I could drive, and I got it,” said Lyons. “I was looking straight fastball. That is what he threw and I pounded it.”

 

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