9The Lincoln County High School baseball team won Division III Southern League title last weekend in Panaca.

On Thursday, Lincoln took the field against Mountain View High School of Las Vegas. The Lynx showed no mercy. The umpire did, however, exercising the “Mercy Rule” in the fifth inning after Lincoln closed out the top of the inning with a 17-1 lead.

Derek Shumway pitched lights out, giving up only three hits in four and one-third innings. The team, as a whole, batted a phenomenal .700. McClain O’Connor was a home run shy of hitting a cycle, going 3-for-3, with two RBIs. Preston Robbins and Mike Wood shined as well. Wood went 2-for-4, with a double and three RBIs. Preston went 3-for-4, with a double and two RBIs.

Friday, the boys played in the winners bracket against The Meadows High School, winning it 7-3 and earning an automatic spot in the regional final on Saturday. Momentum changed in the fourth inning when Lincoln put up five of their seven runs. They never looked back. The Meadows were held to only five hits thanks to the pitching tandem of O’Connor and Shumway. Wood drove in two runs for Lincoln.
Lincoln faced Needles Saturday for the title game. They Lynx scored four runs in second to take the lead. They scored another four runs in the fourth and that put them ahead for good as they cruised to an 11-5 win. Charlie Scott went 3-for-4 and two RBIs. Chris Florence and O’Connor both went 3-for-4. O’Connor had a triple, two doubles, two runs, with three RBIs and Florence knocked in three RBIs of his own. Both Needles and Lincoln advance to the state tournament in Las Vegas this weekend.