Pat Kelley, coach of the Lincoln County girls softball teams calls the St. George Warm-Up tournament “a great tournament,” one he enjoys taking his team to each year. And the Lady Lynx have usually done quite well at the tourney, like they did this year, advancing to the championship game, before losing out to a school from Salt Lake City ten times their size.
Lincoln opened on March 14 with an 11-1 win over Kanab, Utah behind pitcher Aspen Wilkin.
Later that same afternoon they played South Severe, Utah, and came away with an 11-2 win with Chelsea Lloyd earning the win.
The third game in pool play on Friday was against Morgan, Utah, a school about 50 miles north northeast of Salt Lake City, and Wilkin pitched Lincoln to a 6-2 win.
On Saturday, they played Gunnison, Utah. “That was a good game,” said Kelley. “They went up on us first, then we came back and took a 6-2 lead. But in the fifth inning, the wheels came off our cart and they scored seven runs on us to retake the lead 9-6. But we rallied for four runs in our half of the inning and had a 10-9 lead. We got two more runs in the seventh inning for a 12-9 win.” Lloyd pitched in the win.
That put Lincoln into the championship with West High of Salt Lake, enrollment 2600. “They jumped on us 6-1 after two innings,” Kelley said. “We got a couple of runs ourselves, and they got four more in the fourth inning, and we got four more also, but we got beat 10-7. Kayla Mathews and Katie Teel both had home runs that game. Our girls did a really good job. It was a good weekend.”
Lincoln opened the league season this week, hosting Calvary Chapel on Tuesday. They traveled to Hurricane, Utah on Wednesday, and play in the Spring Slam tournament this weekend at Mt. View High in Las Vegas.
Kelley said the Lincoln JV team, which he also helps coach, won all six of their games in the St. George JV tourney. They beat Uintah, Utah 6-4 in the Saturday championship. He said, “Our little girls did a great job, they all hit really well, and blew just about everybody out. The championship was the really only close game they had.”
He said Alisha Rowe caught all the varsity games, and Shantel Lister caught all the JV games, “and both did an outstanding job.”
On Tuesday in Panaca, Lloyd tossed a no-hitter and struck out 15 in the nightcap as the Lynx swept a pair of five-inning games from the Calvary Chapel Lions 28-0 and 18-0.
Lincoln County scored at least five runs in every inning of the opener. Aspen Wilkin spun a shutout and struck out nine for the Lynx, who got three doubles from Lloyd.
Jaycee Wadsworth had three singles in the second game for Lincoln County.
The Lynx play this weekend in the Spring Slam at Mt. View in Las Vegas, host Pahranagat on March 25, and play Needles in Panaca March 28.