What time is it once again, Lincoln? That’s right, it is finally baseball season!
Not to take any glory away from football, wrestling, basketball and other sports, but there’s just something special about baseball. Maybe it’s all the extra hot dogs, and the fact that we can eat them for dinner at the park on ball night, or the sound of the honking and cheering (we call that Lynx pride) in the air, but whatever it is… it is here!
Most of the boys on this year’s Lincoln County High School baseball team have essentially been playing ball together since their toddler days. Very few can actually say they both grew up with, and played ball with their best friends all through school. But that’s what we have here this year, a team mostly comprised of best buddies, preparing together for years, becoming a team together. This year’s team, coached by Raymond Wadsworth of Panaca, returns an experienced group. However, standout pitcher, shortstop and hitting leader McClain O’Connor sustained a major injury while snowboarding. The senior fractured his right collarbone, immediately needing surgery, as it was not a clean break, and begins rehab this week. O’Connor will be out a minimum of six weeks. While coaches, teammates and fans hope the recovery will go faster, until he returns, others will have to fill in.
Other standouts in the lineup include senior Paul Boag, an outfielder who prefers center field. At first base and pitching is the tall, lefty senior Mike Wood III. Russ Alfano moved back for his senior year and rejoins the team. And senior Nick Vincent will bring his skills at both catcher and second base.
The Lynx are coming off a 2015 season in which they went 20-8 overall and 11-1-0 in the Division III Southern League. The team fell to Yerington in the first round of the state tournament in a heartbreaking 7-6 ballgame.
The season kicks off on Thursday with the Lynx playing at the Sundevil Invitational.