The Pioche Little League team completed its fourth consecutive undefeated season.
Beginning when they were in minors in 2010, the nucleus of the team — Braiden McBride, McKinley O’Connor, Noah Smith, Tyler Thompson, Alex Vincent and Kamdon Lewis — have won all their regular season games, estimated at 62-0, not including All-Star tournament games, an accomplished likely never achieved by any previous group of Lincoln County players.
Coach Garry McBride said, “I give all the credit to the kids. We just happened to have a group of boys were really into baseball. They are into other sports, too, but they just kind of live baseball and put a lot of extra work into it on their own time. They have shown their abilities on offense and defense all through their careers, and we hope this same group will do very well when the reach high school.”
While in middle school for the next couple of years, the boys will have to play Senior League ball, and McBride says the Pioche team might consider joining with junior league in Cedar City, Utah.
McBride and Don Lloyd coached the boys in the minor league in 2010, then McBride and Jeremy Robinson had the team, then they moved on to Dell O’Connor and Ed Vincent in the major league, along with McBride and Eric Bernal.
McBride said the boys would like to extend their appreciation for the unprecedented support they have received over the years from all of the volunteers in this program. “To the parents, coaches, umpires, league officers, concession workers and the entire community of Pioche, we say Thank you!”