Back on May 21, Trigg County found itself in extra innings for a second straight season.

Then, Lyon County found itself with a heartbreak situation in the first round of the District 5 baseball tournament, giving up a grand slam walk off by Savion Radford in what was the only RBI of the game either way. And the Wildcats saved it for the end; unforgettable.

At that point in time, an emotional (and understandably so) Max Wadlington walked off the mound, knowing he had pitched his last game after giving up the game-winning slam, but it didn't define him as a player, and the moment didn't define Lyon County as a team.

The rest of the seven-inning classic, however, just might have defined it with the way they competed. Now it's Ricky Baker's time to take the next step as the new head skipper of the Lyons.

Coming off a 12-14 season under Jeff Embrey (the current boy's basketball coach), Embrey stepped away in a pattern that has become synonymous as of late with Lyon County baseball coaches and one-year trial runs. But the head man for 2019 plans to put an end to the recent trend for good.

The Lyon County Lyons are now submitting their sixth head coach in as many years, as Ricky Baker is about to bring with him in his first year experience from the dugout and from behind an umpire mask.

Baker, recently the Trigg County middle school coach, played his high school baseball in West Virginia, and was an assistant at Trigg County and served with the Midcat football team.

While Baker followed through with his duties at the middle school, Baker's time at Lyon County begins Monday officially when the Lyons are set to host Dawson Springs at 5:30 p.m.

Baker, a certified KHSAA umpire since 2017, was hired about as quickly as he interviewed and with great trust, comes great responsibility.

"I've learned to not be hard on a umpire," Baker said. "You learn quick that the close call won't go your way if you're consistently on a umpire. Also, it sets a good example for the kids. We are to just play the game. The consistency and identity for this team has started. I was hired in July and we started working in September. We are starting a new identity of hard work and dedication to the team. We also have a WE mentality and not a ME mentality. These kids deserve consistency and I'm here to stay."

Before Baker's tenure began this season, Embry took over for Greg Vincent in 2017 after he resigned with just one year of coaching on his Lyon County resume.

Six seniors are gone in the likes of Wadlington (who almost won the pitcher's duel in last season's championship game after throwing seven innings of four-hit baseball with seven Ks), Brody Bridges (Infielder who made the All-District 5 team last season), Taylor Carney (Inf.), Jack Walker (1B, P), Christian Whalin (P, INF) and Trent Wilson (OF), as well as the head coach who led them to a near .500 regular season, but consistency and stability is most coveted right now at Lyon County, and Ricky Baker seemed like the right hire all along.

The Lyons will be aided by four seniors in ace Gabe Board, Keaton Bridges, Kylan Capello and Jake Klueppel.

Baker has been around the program long enough from afar as a middle school coach on another team, and as an umpire, to know just what he has coming.

"Right now Gabe Board, Gunnar Bingham and Travis Yancy are our pillars," Baker added. "We look for freshman (1B) Jackson Shoulders and (C) Brody Williams to set in this year and help us."

Baker was even witness to the the middle school team that competed at their state tournament, and several of the players were part of Lyon County's Junior Babe Ruth team.

After all, he understands the importance of gathering a competent and intelligent coaching staff around him. If was priority number one.

He'll have the help of freshman Gunnar Bingham, an on outfielder who made the All-District 5 team as an eighth-grader, as well as senior infielder Gabe Board who also made the District 5 team in 2018.

"We fill we have a good staff with about 7-8 arms," he added. "Senior Dylan Copella will be going into the season as our No. 1, which had a really good outing last night against a really good Paducah Tilghman team. Then we look for (SR) Keaton Bridges, (FR) Jackson Shoulders, and (SO) Austin Long to get a lot of innings and be the rotation. Gabe Board will be more of a closer or spot innings."

The Lyons hope to get back to .500 this season, and avoid a third straight District semifinal loss.

Yancy will join Board as the top aces on the club.

One thing will help; home field advantage.

The Lyons will play five of its first six games at home, with the lone road game being at the Big Orange Classic just down the road at Marshall County.

But they'll have to take advantage of that privilege early, as the Lyons are on the road for the rest of the season after May 10, and play just one home game in its 10 games in May.

But playing into late May is what really matters, and the Lyons will hope to define themselves then when the time comes.

The season opener was scheduled for March 18 against Dawson Springs.

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