2012-06-30 / Front Page

Hometown hero enjoying present, eyeing future


Aiden Rose was one of many youngsters who got baseballs signed by Emporium’s David Lyon during an autograph session at the Emporium Senior Center on Tuesday. Lyon, recently drafted by the Texas Rangers, returned home to Emporium recently after leading Kent St. to the College World Series. Aiden Rose was one of many youngsters who got baseballs signed by Emporium’s David Lyon during an autograph session at the Emporium Senior Center on Tuesday. Lyon, recently drafted by the Texas Rangers, returned home to Emporium recently after leading Kent St. to the College World Series. You’ll have to excuse David Lyon if he’s feeling a bit tired and overwhelmed. After all it’s not often that a person gets to play in the College World Series, get drafted by a professional baseball team and is treated to a hero’s welcome in their hometown, all in less than 3 weeks time.

Lyon, the son of Dave and Connie Lyon and a 2008 graduate of Cameron County High School recently returned to Emporium from the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Lyon’s Kent St. team was eliminated by the two time defending national champions, South Carolina, but not before Lyon and his teammates had won the Gary, IN Regional as well as the Oregon Super Regional.

They didn’t go out quietly in the CWS either as they beat then number one ranked Florida, 5-4 in an elimination game.

“Getting to the series was defifinitely the highlight of my career, even more so than being drafted”, said Lyon.

Upon his return home, Lyon was honored by the Cameron County Commissioners with a certifificate proclaiming Monday, June 25 David Lyon Day.

Lyon also threw out the fifirst pitch during the Senior Little League All-Star game at the Cameron County little League fifield.

Throw in a draft call in the 34th round from the Texas Rangers and you can begin to understand how hectic his life has become.

“It’s been nice coming home to see my friends and family, but unfortunately it’s too short a visit”, said Lyon. I have to leave today (Tuesday) for my team banquet in Ohio and afterwards I go straight to Arizona to be evaluated and assigned to my minor league team by the Rangers.”

Lyon, who signed with Texas on June 24, is expected to be assigned to the short season Northwest league in Spokane, WA or low A ball in Hickory, NC of the South Atlantic league.

Viewed as a defensive specialist, Lyon feels his offense could use some improvement, but he isn’t concerned.

“I think my offense is overlooked a little. I had a few slumps during the season that affected my average, but I had a stretch at the end of the season where I hit 6 homeruns in two weeks.” said Lyon.

Lyon hit a solid .284 with a .523 slugging percentage, 41 RBI and 10 homeruns as cocaptain for the Golden Flash this season.

Defense is defifinitely what got Lyon drafted however and his ability was never more apparent than in Kent State’s opening NCAA Tournament game against Kentucky.

Kent St. won the game 7-6 in 21 innings, making it the second longest game in NCAA Tournament history. Lyon played all 21 innings and caught over 330 pitches in the 6 ½ hour game.

“That game was the best game I’ve ever been involved in, said Lyon” “It was exhausting, but there was such an adrenaline rush that it didn’t really affect me much.”

There’s no doubt college baseball has provided Lyon with a lifetime worth of highlights, but it all got started right here in Cameron County.

Lyon fifirst started playing T-ball at the age of 6 and was catching full-time by 10.

He later helped lead the Cameron County 15-16 year old all stars to a second place fifinish in the 2006 State Tournament and also helped secure Cameron County High School’s fifirst district 9 title since 1980 during his sophomore year in 2006. CCHS would go on to repeat that feat in Lyon’s senior year in 2008.

Perhaps none of these achievements would have been possible without the constant encouragement and support of Lyon’s family and in particular his father Dave.

“My father has been my mentor throughout my career and without his help I don’t know if I’d be in the position I’m in now”, said Lyon. “He practiced with me almost everyday growing up and helped me become the player I am.”

As for what the future holds, Lyon is cautiously optimistic about his chances for a major league career.

Barring injury he plans on pursuing his dream as long as possible.

“I’ll probably play until they tell me I can’t play anymore.”

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