Lincoln County baseball is already up and running.
Coach Raymond Wadsworth took his team to the State Championship last year and came out with a 6-2 win over Needles High School.
There are 11 returning varsity players.
Returning seniors are: Allen Toledo (Outfielder), Franklin Toledo (Infielder/Pitcher), Tristan Davis (IF/P), Casey Frehner (IF/P), and Chase Curtis (OF).
Returning juniors are: Alex Vincent (IF/P), Kobe Walker (IF/P), McKinley O’Connor (Catcher/P), Kamdon Lewis (OF), and Tommy Rowe (OF).
Returning sophomores are: Mason Thornock (C/P) and Dean Ottley (OF). Every upcoming player has a chance to play on varsity.
Wadsworth says, “There’s 27 kids all working to improve, all one team. Everybody’s on varsity and everybody’s on JV.”
The team only lost three seniors from last season. However, those three seniors were the leaders of the team, especially in pitching.
Regardless, Wadsworth said, “I think we should have a solid year. We lost a lot of leadership, but we’ve got some younger guys that are going to step up and do good things. The future is very bright.”
And so far, so good. Last weekend, the Lynx not only participated in, but won, the Sun Devil tournament in Las Vegas. They had a rough couple of games on the first two days of the tournament.
The Lynx played Tech for their first game. They scored one run in the first inning and three in the second. Tech doubled that in the first two and prevented the Lynx from scoring the rest of the game. The Lynx lost 4-13. Next, they played Desert Pines. Lincoln could not catch a break and didn’t score at all. They lost 0-12.
The Lynx played a solid game against Clark, continuously scoring until the end. Clark was winning at first, but in the last few innings the Lynx pulled ahead, winning 11-7. Finally, they were back in the swing of things.
Lincoln crushed Eldorado, 14-2. They were in the championship game, but it was canceled due to inclement weather. Technically, they were co-champions. Still, an amazing turnaround. Lincoln has been going to this tournament for five years now and this is the first time they’ve won it.
Wadsworth says, “We played a lot of really big schools, saw a lot of good competition. We had definitely a learning curve. We’re just kind of getting back in the groove of things. We didn’t play very well Thursday or Friday but the guys regrouped and we ended up winning the tournament.”
On March 13, the Lynx played Parowan. The Lynx scored the first run, but slowly got behind from there. Parowan was up by quite a few points and the Lynx tried to make the comeback, but still fell short by eight points. They lost 24-16.
They played a double-header at Adelson on Thursday and face Mountain View at home next Friday.