The Lincoln County High baseball team (23-6, 16-0) came away from an undefeated weekend in Needles with a regional championship.
Lincoln’s first game on Thursday, May 10, was a hard-fought battle against Laughlin (15-8, 10-6). The first inning was a draw, both teams scoring two runs. Laughlin scored another two in the top of the second and Lincoln took the lead in the bottom with four runs.
The Lynx held Laughlin at four for the top of the third, adding three runs. Neither team scored in the fourth. The Lynx scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Laughlin started to climb back up in the top of the seventh, but the Lynx stopped them before they got too close, ultimately winning 13-9.
Alex Vincent had two hits with one double. Mason Thornock hit a triple with three RBIs. Dean Ottley went 3-for-3 with two doubles and 5 RBIs. Casey Frehner hit a double with one RBI.
Vincent pitched for the majority of the game and was pulled out towards the end due to pitch count, striking out nine and allowing six hits. The bullpen was able to finish up the job. Tristan Davis struck out two and allowed one hit. Kobe Kelley struck out one batter.
“The first game was a battle. It was a long bus ride, and we had a hard time getting off the bus and doing all the little things that we have been doing all season,” said Coach Raymond Wadsworth. “I feel we were very fortunate to come away with the win that day. Sometime that’s how baseball goes, but we battled through it and got the W.”
Lincoln carried their momentum right over to the next game against Lake Mead (18-7, 12-4).
They came out and got one run in the bottom of the first. Then they could not be stopped, adding five more runs in the second, four in the third, and an additional five in the fourth, all while playing excellent defense. When the 15- run rule kicked in, Lincoln won, 15-0.
Thornock had two hits with a double and two RBIs. Kobe Walker had two hits with a double and three RBIs. Ottley hit a double with two RBIs. Kamdon Lewis went 3-for-4 at the plate, with one double and three RBIs. McKinley O’Connor hit a home run. Franklin Toledo had two hits with two RBIs. Kelley had one hit with one RBI.
Walker pitched and did a great job keeping them off balance. He only allowed one hit and struck out three batters.
Wadsworth said, “Before the game, I had a little meeting with the kids. I told them that they needed to come alive and pick each other up and help other out and not let the little things bug them and do the things they have been doing all year. And man, they just came alive. It was pretty fun to watch.” He added, “Lake Mead is a really good team with a really solid lineup and good pitching. We were able to just find our competitive edge and use it to our advantage and pin them against the wall pretty quick. It was just great all around, great defense, everyone hit. It was a really good team effort.”
The next day, Lincoln was up against Lake Mead once again.
This game, Lake Mead came out and fought a little harder, but it still wasn’t enough. The first inning, the Lynx came out with a run. After a dry inning of no runs, the Lynx come back in the bottom of the third with two more runs. Lake Mead finally scored two runs in the top of the fourth and another in the fifth. The Lynx then topped them with two runs in their half of the inning. They scored another four in the bottom of the sixth due to a grand slam by Lewis. The Cougars tried to catch up in the top of the seventh, but only came out with two runs, handing the Lynx the Division Champions title, 9 to 5.
Vincent went 2-for-3 with two solid hits. Thornock followed suit. Ottley hit a triple. Lewis hit one double and a home run with five RBIs. O’Connor went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Thornock pitched and allowed five hits. He struck out three batters. Vincent picked it up after Thornock, striking out two batters and allowing two hits.
Wadsworth said, “Every time you play a good team twice, it’s going to be harder and harder to beat them. It was a battle.”
The coach said the grand slam by Lewis shifted the momentum.
“We scored a few more in the top of the seventh and we’re the division champs. We’re looking forward to state and continuing to play well and do what we’re supposed to.”
Next, the Lynx will compete for the state championship in Reno. Their first game is against North Tahoe at Reed High School on Thursday, May 17, at 4 p.m.