2016-2017 Lady Hawks Softball Team




News from 2017 Season

SGSC Lady Hawks Softball Opens Season at JUCO Kickoff Classic in Clearwater, FL

South Georgia State College opened its 2017 softball season, January 28-29, at the JUCO Kickoff Classic in Clearwater, Florida.  The Lady Hawks are coached by head coach Nichole Levering, assisted by Karlie Gillam. 

In game one on Saturday, the Lady Hawks started with a win against St. Johns River of Florida. Sarah Smith came close to history with a no-hitter, but a single by a St. Johns River opponent broke up her bid in the seventh inning. Smith still managed to lead the Lady Hawks to a 10-3 win over the SJR Vikings as she pitched seven innings and allowed three earned runs, three hits and four walks while striking out four. The Lady Hawks’ bats were on fire as they scored a total of 10 runs. Allyson Dowdy racked up two RBIs on two hits for SGSC. Megan Farmer brought in a run on a double in a third inning rally. The Lady Hawks piled on two more runs in the top of the sixth when a passed ball scored Natalie Reveille single by Dowdy, bringing home Logan Mullis. The seventh inning brought more action as SGSC scored on a two-run double by Dowdy, an RBI single by Tess Robinson, a two-run double by Mullis, and an RBI double by Dowdy.

An early lead was not enough for SGSC in game two as they lost to Santa Fe of Florida by a score of 5-4. The Lady Hawks built an early edge on Saturday, but Santa Fe roared back to steal a victory. SGSC led until the fourth inning, Santa Fe worked its way back and took the lead on an RBI single by a Santa Fe player. Abbi Lewis was the game's losing pitcher. She lasted just 3 2/3 innings, walked two, struck out one, and allowed four runs. Santa Fe jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second and never surrendered the lead after the fourth inning.

In game three, SGSC outlasted Polk State from Florida after seven lead changes, squeaking out a 6-5 win after a late game sacrifice fly by Makayla Clark, scoring Megan Farmer and giving the Lady Hawks the final lead. In the top of the second, SGSC grabbed the early lead, 1-0. Kelsey Davis started the rally for the Lady Hawks with a single. Lyons singled, scoring Tess Robinson. They would not relinquish the lead as Polk was unable to weather a two-run sixth inning deficit. Chelsea Lyons got on base three times in the game for the Lady Hawks. She scored one run and had one RBI and singled in the second and fourth innings. Sarah Smith recorded the win for SGSC as she allowed only three runs over four innings. Smith struck out two, walked one and gave up five hits.

For more information, including a complete schedule, team roster, photos, and scores, visit www.sgsc.edu/athletics.

Back to the Diamond: SGSC Lady Hawks Start Softball Season on January 28

With the 2017 season approaching, South Georgia State College’s head softball coach Nicki Levering has high expectations for her squad. Returning are four starters from the 2016 GCAA Regular Season Championship squad including GCAA First Team All-Region players Chelsea Lyons and Megan Farmer along with GCAA Second Team All-Region outfielder Halie Pearce. Coach Levering has also recruited a very talented freshman class including Sarah Smith, 5AAAA 2016 pitcher of the year from Warner Robins, Ga., and Tess Robinson, division one transfer from Douglas, Ga. The coaching staff has a new addition with Karlie Gillam as the new assistant coach. Gillam is a former player and graduate assistant coach from the University of North Georgia and will be working with the Lady Hawks’ pitchers, who are primarily freshman athletes this season.

Coach Levering has set high standards for her sophomore players with hopes that they will lead the freshman class back to the GCAA Championship game. Coach Levering says, “I’m excited about the new group of players and I look forward to having another successful season.” The Lady Hawks will start their season on January 28th with a game against St. Johns River State College at the JUCO Kickoff Classic Tournament in Clearwater, Fla.

News from 2016 Season


Coming off a highly successful regular season, the South Georgia State College Lady Hawks (32-9, 12-2) went into the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Region 17 Tournament as the top seed and regular season champions. The Lady Hawks played with grit and determination but were unable to take home the first place trophy after a loss to Georgia Military College (GMC) in the championship game. The tournament was held at Strong Rock Christian Academy in Locust Grove, Ga.

Originally set for April 28-30, a weather delay on the first day of play caused the tournament to begin on April 29 with the Lady Hawks taking on Georgia Highlands. The two teams passed the lead back and forth seven times, but in the end, SGSC pulled out a 5-4 win in seven innings. A bases loaded walk scored Loren Mertz to give SGSC its first victory of the tournament. Whitney Oliver recorded the win as she allowed only four runs over 6 2/3 innings, struck out two, walked two, and gave up eight hits.

April 30 saw the first loss for the Lady Hawks as GMC won by a score of 3-2. The tight game was decided in the eighth inning after an error by SGSC kept the Lady Hawks from scoring the winning run. Samantha Hays took the loss, lasting five innings while walking one, striking out one, and allowing one run. The loss moved the Lady Hawks into the loser’s bracket instead of directly into the May 1 championship game.

As the tournament moved into its final day, SGSC took on Darton State College in the Lady Hawks’ third game. SGSC started off slow, but catcher Amy Latner rocked Darton with two home runs to secure the win by a score of 9-7. Latner went 3-for-5 in the game with four RBIs and two runs scored on homers in the seventh and tenth innings. The extended inning game was hard fought, and the win was secured by the Lady Hawks as Latner stepped to the plate and knocked one over bringing three runs across the plate. Summer Lee also showed impressive offense during the game by scoring a run on an RBI single and with a two-run home run. The win moved the Lady Hawks into the championship game immediately following their ten inning contest.

GMC had different ideas than to let SGSC move into the championship game and take the win. SGSC’s Kimberly Gentry did her best to change the outcome, but she couldn’t lead the Lady Hawks past GMC as SGSC lost 8-3. Gentry had a strong showing by allowing only two hits and one earned run. She walked none and struck out two during her four innings of work. GMC never trailed after scoring four runs in the first on a two-run error and a two-run home run. Three runs in the bottom of the fourth helped the Lady Hawks close the deficit. With the loss, an end came to the Lady Hawks’ season.

Despite the loss in the last attempt during the final game of the tournament to secure a championship, Head Coach Nicki Levering could not say enough good things about SGSC’s 2015-2016 team.  She states, “Words cannot describe how proud I am of this team. I came to South Georgia in the fall of 2014 with hopes to rebuild the program and start a winning tradition; with the help of my assistants, supportive parents, and relentless players, I have been able to accomplish just that. This team will forever be close to my heart, and I am proud of the many accomplishments we achieved.”

Levering was named GCAA Coach of the Year. All-American nominations went to Chelsea Lyons from Jesup, Ga., as she was fourth in the NJCAA in stolen bases for the regular season and Oliver from Dublin, Ga., as she was 12th in the NJCAA with a regular season ERA of 1.29.

Members of the Lady Hawks named to the GCAA All-Region first team are Hays (pitcher) from Jacksonville, Fla., Lyons (outfield), Oliver (pitcher), and Megan Farmer (infield) from Baker, Fla. Those named to the GCAA All-Region second team are Gentry (pitcher) from Jacksonville, Fla., Summer Lee (infield) from Hoboken, Ga., and Halie Pearce (outfield) from Baxley, Ga. Farmer, Lee, and Oliver were named to the GCAA 2016 All-Tournament Team.



OVERALL RECORD            32-9
GCAA RECORD                 12-2

All American Nominations
Chelsea Lyons                                   4th in the NJCAA for regular season stolen bases
Whitney Oliver                                  12th in the NJCAA for regular season ERA  of 1.29

GCAA Coach of the Year: Nicki Levering

GCAA All-Region 1st Team
Chelsea Lyons- Outfield                Jesup, GA
Megan Farmer-Infield                   Baker, FL
Whitney Oliver- Pitcher                 Dublin, GA
Samantha Hays-Pitcher                 Jacksonville, FL

GCAA All-Region 2nd Team
Halie Pearce-Outfield                     Baxley, GA
Summer Lee-Infield                        Hoboken, GA
Kimberly Gentry-Pitcher               Jacksonville, FL

GCAA 2016 All-Tournament Team
Whitney Oliver
Summer Lee
Megan Farmer


Wednesday afternoon was quite a day for the sophomore players on South Georgia State College’s (SGSC) softball team. The Lady Hawks (29-6, 11-1) celebrated Sophomore Day, swept ABAC in a doubleheader (8-0 and 4-2), and clinched the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) regular season championship.

The Lady Hawks jumped out to an early lead in the opening game of the doubleheader. With eight runs in the first three innings, the Lady Hawks left no doubt they were out to win the game. An RBI double by Whitney Oliver and an RBI single by Shelby Lacy fueled the Lady Hawks’ offense early. The second inning saw a two-run triple by Megan Farmer, a sacrifice fly by Lacy, and an RBI single by Amy Latner. Farmer added two extra base hits.

Samantha Hays recorded the win for the Lady Hawks on her final day on the SGSC mound. She pitched three shutout innings, struck out one, walked none, and surrendered five hits.

With the hopes of ending the home stint on a high note, the Lady Hawks took the field for game two only to have ABAC take an early 2-0 lead. SGSC had different ideas on letting ABAC maintain the lead, and in the sixth inning, the Lady Hawks came back to secure the win. The turning point was a two-run single by Loren Mertz that put Oliver and Lacy across the plate.

Oliver used her last day in her home pitching circle to shut down ABAC. She gave up three hits, allowed no earned runs, walked two, and struck out two during her five innings of work.

SGSC has had an impressive season under the leadership of head coach Nichole Levering. By winning the regular season championship, the Lady Hawks have also clinched the top seed in the upcoming GCAA Conference Tournament.

SGSC will play the final two regular season games at Gordon State before traveling to the tournament April 28-30 in Locust Grove, Ga.



The South Georgia State College (SGSC) Lady Hawks (27-6, 9-1) took two wins over Georgia Military College (GMC) in Milledgeville this past Saturday with scores of 4-1 and 4-2. SGSC not only remains in first place in the GCAA but is also setting team and individual records.

Chelsea Lyons of Jesup, Ga., is currently fourth in the NJCAA with 51 stolen bases, bringing the team record to a total of 102.  Whitney Oliver of Dublin, Ga., is currently ninth in the NJCAA with an ERA of 1.29. The Lady Hawks lead the conference with a team ERA of 1.51.

In the first game of the day, Lyons, Makayla Clark, Summer Lee and Shelby Lacy combined for seven hits and three RBIs.  In the top of the second inning, the Lady Hawks took an early lead, 1-0. Lacy went 2-for-3 in the game and hit a home run.

The third inning saw the Georgia Military Bulldogs score their only run of the day on an error.  SGSC maintained its lead after scoring another run in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Clark.

The Lady Hawks built an early lead in game two, scoring three runs in the first inning. Macey Chancey contributed to the lead by hitting a two-run single. The Bulldogs tried to make a comeback, but the Lady Hawks held off their efforts to sweep the doubleheader.



After two successful seasons playing for the South Georgia State College (SGSC) Lady Hawks, Amy Latner has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career with Warner University in Lake Mary, Fla. Latner is from Thomasville, Ga., where she attended Thomasville High School and played for the Bulldogs softball team.

Latner has been the starting catcher for both her freshman and sophomore seasons at SGSC. She has been a standout on the field as well as in the classroom. Latner is a member of SGSC’s Kappa Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and was selected as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.

SGSC head coach Nichole Levering says, “Amy is a great leader with a passionate work ethic and love for the game. Along with being an excellent catcher, Amy is an excellent student. We know we will see great things from her as she moves on to Warner University in the fall.”

Latner will pursue a degree in exercise science and athletic training at Warner University.


Lady Cavs blow late lead, drop two to South Georgia - WALB News 

Published:Sunday, April 3rd 2016, 6:33 pm EDT

Updated:Sunday, April 3rd 2016, 6:33 pm EDT

By Theo Dorsey, Sports Reporter


Darton State dropped two at home to South Georgia: 9-7, 5-4.

The Lady Cavs led 5-1 in the 6th inning of the first game, but blew that lead in the final two innings.

Darton falls to 5-4 in the conference, and fall from 3rd to 5th place in the standings.

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The South Georgia State College Lady Hawks softball team went into their games against Darton State College April 3 in Albany with the plan to retain their number one spot in the GCAA standings. After the dust had settled, the Lady Hawks (23-6, 7-1) walked away with two wins that caused Darton to fall to fifth place in conference play. After a hard fought game one, SGSC defeated Darton by a score of 9-7 and then followed with a close 5-4 victory to end the two-game series.

The first game ended in dramatic fashion as the Lady Hawks and the Lady Cavaliers were tied at the end of the fifth. Darton had a runner on base when SGSC shortstop Summer Lee pulled an impressive unassisted double play. Lee caught the ball and tagged a runner to put a stop to a potential score. As the Lady Hawks came up to bat, Megan Farmer walked to the plate, and with one good, clean swing homered, bringing the score to a two run lead for SGSC. Kimberly Gentry got it done in the circle, pitching four shutout innings with three strikeouts, one walk, and four hits.

The Lady Cavaliers grabbed the early lead in game two by scoring three runs in the first inning. The Lady Hawks took the lead for good in the fifth on a two-run double by Farmer and a two-run homer by Makayla Clark. Whitney Oliver put together a nice outing by giving up just two hits, allowing no earned runs, walking none and striking out four during her seven innings of work.



The softball conference doubleheader March 30 turned out to be two hard fought battles between the South Georgia State Lady Hawks (21-6, 5-1) and the East Georgia State Lady Bobcats. The first game in the series ended with a 6-5 win by SGSC after eleven innings of play. Game two was another long game of eight innings with the Lady Hawks coming out on top by a score of 2-1.

Whitney Oliver pulled double duty in game one, leading SGSC on both offense and defense. Oliver pitched eight innings and allowed one earned run on five hits. She racked up two RBIs on four hits as she singled in the second, fifth, ninth, and eleventh innings.

The top of the third saw East Georgia take an early 1-0 lead. The Lady Hawks put up a run of their own in the bottom of the third with an RBI single by Makayla Clark. For the remainder of the game, SGSC would answer any runs scored by East Georgia. The Lady Hawks scored on a sacrifice fly by Chelsea Lyons and on one of the singles by Oliver. Another of SGSC’s players scored on an error, and Oliver’s walk-off single boosted the Lady Hawks to the win.

In game two, Samantha Hays worked out of six tough situations for the Lady Hawks as she pitched three innings and allowed no earned runs on no hits. Kimberly Gentry recorded the win for SGSC. She allowed one run over five innings, struck out two, walked one, and gave up five hits.

Megan Farmer helped offensively by going 1-for-2 and also helped secure the win with a sacrifice fly after a scoreless tie in the fifth inning.



The South Georgia State College Lady Hawks (17-6, 3-1) hosted the Georgia Highlands Chargers in a conference matchup March 20 in Douglas. The Lady Hawks defeated the Chargers in game one by a score of 4-0 but fell behind in the seventh inning of game two to end with a 4-2 loss.

In the opening game, SGSC’s Makayla Clark went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in the first inning and a single in the fifth. SGSC also posted a run in the second on a walk by Halie Pearce, plating Marcy Chancey.

Samantha Hays kept Georgia Highlands off the scoreboard for all seven innings she was on the rubber. She allowed four hits and struck out two in the shutout.

Game two was a tight game that was ultimately decided in the seventh inning as SGSC fell to Georgia Highlands. This was the Lady Hawks’ first loss in fifteen games.

Amy Latner racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Lady Hawks. She singled in the second inning and homered in the fifth inning. Whitney Oliver couldn't get it done on the rubber for SGSC, taking a loss. She lasted just 3 2/3 innings, walked none, struck out none, and allowed two runs.

The top of the third saw Georgia Highlands take an early lead, 1-0. Georgia Highlands got things going and never surrendered the lead.

Coach Nicki Levering and the SGSC Lady Hawks also hosted Recreation Day March 20 for the little league softball players in Coffee County. Between the games, the Lady Hawks signed softballs for the little league players and posed for pictures with them.

For more information, including a complete schedule, team roster, photos, and scores visit www.sgsc.edu/athletics.



The South Georgia State College Lady Hawks softball team swept Darton State in a doubleheader March 4 in Douglas. SGSC (14-5) won the first game in six innings via the run-rule, 8-0. The Lady Hawks defeated the Lady Cavaliers 8-5 in game two to complete the sweep.

SGSC started the scoring in game one with four runs in the second, followed by three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Hawks built upon their lead with one run in the sixth. Makayla Clark racked up four RBIs on two hits. Megan Farmer and Whitney Oliver added a single and a double scoring runners across the plate.

The Lady Hawks’ Samantha Hays kept Darton off the scoreboard for all six innings she was in the circle. She pitched a shutout, allowing only three hits.

Game two proved to be more of a battle between the two teams. Despite Darton’s early lead in the top of the first, the Lady Hawks answered in the first inning with five runs. SGSC scored on an RBI single by Clark, an RBI single by Oliver, a fielder's choice, and a two-run double by Amy Latner. Clark racked up three RBIs on two hits. The Lady Cavaliers attempted to close the deficit by adding four more runs during the game, but SGSC came out on top.

The Lady Hawks got the win thanks in large part to Oliver's dominant, six-strikeout performance. Oliver allowed no earned runs, seven hits and one walk over six innings.

The Lady Hawks open up conference play March 12 against West Georgia Tech in Douglas.

For more information, including a complete schedule, team roster, photos, and scores visit www.sgsc.edu/athletics.


South Georgia State College’s (SGSC) Lady Hawks softball team finished a four-game series with all wins. The Lady Hawks (8-5) took two games from USC-Salkehatchie at home Feb. 18 with scores of 3-0 and 6-3 and followed with wins of 6-1 and 9-1 Feb. 20 against Georgia Military College.

A wild pitch that plated Allyson Dowdy gave the Lady Hawks the lead in the sixth inning, and they hung on to win game one 3-0.

Makayla Clark had two extra-base hits for SGSC, hitting doubles in the first and fourth innings. Kimberly Gentry kept USC-Salkehatchie off the scoreboard for all seven innings she was in the circle. She pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on five hits while ringing up six. The game's last lead went to SGSC thanks to a sixth inning rally that saw three runs cross the plate on an RBI double by Megan Farmer and an RBI single by Shelby Lacy.

In game two, Clark knocked in four runs, sparking SGSC to a 6-3 victory in seven innings. Clark singled in the fourth and sixth innings.

USC-Salkehatchie couldn't get anything going as long as SGSC’s Samantha Hays was on the rubber. Hays allowed one hit, no earned runs, walked none and struck out one during her five innings of work. The closer for the Hawks, Whitney Oliver, put away the final six outs to record the save. The game was never in doubt after the first, as the Lady Hawks scored one run on a sacrifice fly by Clark. SGSC got one-run boosts in each of the second, third and sixth innings. In the second, the Lady Hawks scored on a wild pitch, plating Loren Mertz.

A three-run sixth inning helped bring USC-Salkehatchie to within two. An RBI single, a wild pitch, and another RBI single triggered USC-Salkehatchie’s comeback. Oliver got a USC-Salkehatchie player to ground out to end the inning, and the series at the SGSC home field ended with two wins.

In the series against Georgia Military College (GMC), the Lady Hawks took game one 6-1. GMC had eight hits compared with SGSC, but GMC stranded nine runners on base.

Summer Lee racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Lady Hawks. She singled in the first and fifth innings. Oliver picked up the win for SGSC. She pitched seven innings and allowed no earned runs, eight hits and one walk while striking out five.

The Lady Hawks never relinquished the lead after scoring one run in the first inning on an RBI single by Lee. The Lady Hawks tacked on another five runs in the fifth. The inning got off to a hot start when Oliver doubled, plating Chelsea Lyons. That was followed up by Lee's single, scoring Clark. GMC only managed to score one run in the sixth inning on an error.

In game two, a second-inning rally sparked the win for SGSC. A six-run explosion in the second inning carried the Lady Hawks to a 9-1 win in five innings.

SGSC scored in the second on an RBI single by Lyons, a two-run single by Farmer, a two-run triple by Clark, and an RBI single by Oliver. Clark racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Lady Hawks.

Gentry got the win for SGSC. She allowed one run over four innings. She struck out three, walked two and surrendered three hits.

The SGSC Lady Hawks added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Clark started the inning with a two-run blast, plating Farmer.

For game results and stats, visit the SGSC softball page at www.sgsc.edu.

Narrative Science and GameChanger Media contributed to this story.


The South Georgia State College (SGSC) Lady Hawks swept University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie, 5-2 and 13-3 in a softball doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 6 in Allendale, S.C.

Chelsea Lyons led the offensive attack by going 5-for-8 on the weekend with one RBI and four stolen bases. Summer Lee and Makayla Clark accompanied her with Lee going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one home run and Clark contributing at 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Whitney Oliver got the win in the first game throwing a complete seven innings, giving up only one earned run with three strikeouts. Samantha Hays and Kimberley Gentry combined for the win in the second game, which was halted by inclement weather in the third inning.

In the first home doubleheader of the season, the Lady Hawks took on Florida State College Jacksonville on Feb. 11 and came away with two disappointing losses, 1-0 and 2-1.

SGSC traveled to ABAC in Tifton on Feb. 13 and turned the tide against the Lady Stallions, winning both games by scores of 10-6 and 6-0. Oliver and Gentry picked up the wins and combined to throw 29 total innings, giving up only four earned runs. With their efforts, Oliver and Gentry racked up a total of 16 strikeouts. Macey Chancey went 5-for-9 hitting .552 on the weekend with five RBIs. Lyons went 6-for-13 hitting .462 with six stolen bases.

Lyons is currently fifth in the nation in stolen bases. She has a record of 11 stolen bases in a total of nine games.

For game results and stats, visit the SGSC softball page at www.sgsc.edu.

PHOTO: Halie Pearce at bat this season for South Georgia State College.


February 2, 2016

The South Georgia State College (SGSC) Lady Hawks 2016 softball season began as they traveled to Florida Jan. 29-31 to play in the JUCO Showcase Kickoff Tournament in Clearwater.

SGSC faced off against strong Florida teams including St. Johns River State, Broward State, Hillsborough State and Central Florida State.

The Lady Hawks dropped the first game of the tournament to St. Johns River State by a score of 11-8 but then followed with a 7-3 win against Broward State.

SGSC concluded the weekend with losses in their final contests by the scores of 4-0 (Hillsborough State) and 3-0 (Central Florida State).

The Lady Hawks travel to the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie in Allendale, S.C. on Saturday, Feb. 6 with game times of 1 and 3 p.m. The first home game is Feb. 11 against Florida State College. The doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. on the Douglas Campus.

Announcing the new additions to the Lady Hawks Softball Team for the 2015-2016 Season!

On January 15th Coach Levering signed 11 new players for the 2015-2016 season: “ I am excited to announce the arrival of the new upcoming Freshman class!”  Below are the girls who will be attending SGSC in the fall:

Allyson Dowdy                  SS                          Berrien Co. High School                 Nashville, GA
Makayla Clark                   1B                          Telfair Co. High School                  McRae, GA
Megan Farmer                   OF/SS                     Bradford High School                    Jacksonville, FL
Halie Pearce                      OF                          Appling Co. High School               Baxley, GA
Loni Thatcher                    C                            Jeff Davis High School                  Hazelhurst, GA
Chelsea Lyons                   OF                          Wayne Co. High School                 Jesup, GA
Caitlin Annunziata            SS/Utility                 Camden Co. High School              Kingsland, GA
Chelsey Hickman              OF                          Dodge Co. High School                 Eastman, GA
Abby Todd                        P                            Ware Co. High School                   Waycross, GA
Loren Mertz                      OF                          Brantley Co. High School              Nahunta, GA
Kyndall Day                      OF/Utility               Citizens Christian Academy           Douglas, GA
Savannah Brown               2B/Utility                Bartram Trail High School             Jacksonville, FL


Allison Dowdy
Allison Dowdy signs with SGSC
Makayla Clark
Makayla Clark Signs with SGSC
Megan Farmer
Megan Farmer signs with SGSC
Appling County
Halie Pierce Signs with SGSC
Jeff Davis County
Loni Thatcher signs with SGSC
Wayne County
Chelsea Lyons signs with SGSC