Aspen Wilkin gave up a leadoff single to Brooke Higbee, who later scored, but after that, she settled down and allowed only one more hit and no runs as the Lincoln County Lynx topped in-county rival Pahranagat Valley 13-1 Tuesday at Panaca.
Cameron Lloyd hit two home runs, including a game-ending three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Easton Tingey homered and doubled, and Sarah Butler went 3-for-4 for Lincoln County, which also got a home run from Drew Cardinal.
Wilkin said, “My pitches were working good. I did well and I had the team behind with no fielding errors and they did really good.”
The Lynx powered out 12 hits against two Panther pitchers. Coach Pat Kelley said, “the girls work really hard at it. We’ve got a secret weapon in Dan Lloyd and Evan Schimbeck in the batting cage where they help the girls improve their hitting.”
The Lady Lynx hit four homers on the day and improved their season record to 12-6. Pahranagat Valley is 4-5.
Wilkin said she learned quite a bit from playing in the Spring Jamboree last week in Las Vegas against several schools considerably larger than Lincoln. “I faced some really good batters and it helped me to see what pitches I can throw and those I can’t. The rise ball and drop ball are my best.”
Panther coach Mike Sparrow said his team does have some work to do. “It boils down to you have to go execute and we just didn’t. Wilkin did a good job and hit her spots. We struggled hitting our spots (pitchers Ashlyn Wadsworth and Kaitlyn Davis). They’d get behind in the count and then have to bring a strike closer to the plate. Seemed like we were just putting it on a tee for a couple of their hitters.”
Lincoln, the leader in Southern Division III, has a league double-header with Agassi Prep in Panaca today, and then plays at Pahranagat Valley again April 14 in Alamo.
PVHS in the meantime is off until facing Lincoln again. The Lynx have won the last seven meetings since the Panthers won three in a row in 2012.