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Sumter High's Lyons to play for Fire Ants

By DENNIS BRUNSON dennis@theitem.com
Posted 8/1/19

Bryce Lyons didn't get to do much with his left arm in his senior season for the Sumter High School baseball team. That doesn't mean, however, that Lyons won't get the opportunity to show what he can do at the next level.

Lyons will be pitching …

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Bryce Lyons didn't get to do much with his left arm in his senior season for the Sumter High School baseball team. That doesn't mean, however, that Lyons won't get the opportunity to show what he can do at the next level.

Lyons will be pitching for the University of South Carolina Sumter Fire Ants in the 2020 season.

"I'm just thankful that I'm getting this opportunity," said Lyons, who had surgery on his labrum as a junior. "I want to do all that I can with the opportunity that God gave me."

Lyons did appear in six games for the Gamecocks, two of them starts, but they amounted to just seven innings with mixed results. He was 0-1 with a 10.00 earned run average, but he did pick up two saves in as many opportunities.

Sumter High head coach Brooks Shumake thinks good things await Lyons.

"I think he's on the precipice of reaching his true potential as a pitcher," Shumake said. "He's got a heck of a changeup, and I think he's just going to continue to get better."

Lyons did play in the field for the Gamecocks, who went 15-11 on the season and made the 5A state playoffs. Lyons had a .270 batting average with an on-base percentage of .347. Five of his 17 hits were doubles, and Lyons had eight runs batted in and scored 12 runs.

"He did a good job for us," Shumake said. "He played first base for us and did a really good job."

Pitching though is where Lyons' future more than likely lies. He admits that he had some trepidation when he first started pitching again.

"I was little nervous when I started back, but I feel pretty good now," Lyons said.

He is going to the USC Sumter program with one goal in mind.

"I want to be able to play at the (NCAA) Division I or Division II level," Lyons said.