Lincoln County softball (17-14, 12-2) did not come away from regionals with the result they had desired, but it was the end of a good solid season.
First, the girls played Lake Mead (11-11, 9-5). The game was scoreless until the top of the third when Lake Mead hit a two-run home run. Macie Howard matched it in the Lynx’s half of the inning with a homer of her own. She tied up the game at two runs each.
Lake Mead then snatched the lead back by scoring a run in the top of the fourth. Lincoln topped it with a single from Kendra Mathews and triple from Alexis Long. Lake Mead came back and answered that in the top of the fifth with another three runs. A slow sixth inning led up to the seventh, when Hannah Bleak hit a homerun to cut the lead to 5-6. However, the Lynx were just not able to come up with another hit to get their runners home. Lake Mead won, 6-5.
Sadie Soderborg pitched. She allowed seven hits and struck out 11 batters.
The next day, the Lynx were up against Laughlin (14-9, 9-5).
Lincoln gave up three runs in the top of the first. Brynlee Wadsworth hit Howard home with a single, trying to gain on the three-run lead. Neither team scored in the second.
Kailey Kelley put herself on base with a double, Brynlee Wadsworth was walked, and they were set up for the two RBI triple that Mathews then hit. KyLee Cameron hit a single to take Mathews home. Lincoln took the lead 4-3 after the third and Laughlin was prepared for a comeback. They added three runs to their score in the top of the fourth and scored again in the fifth. Kelley then hit a home run in the bottom of the fifth and a double for another run in the sixth. Laura Pearson kicked off the seventh inning with a single. Her sister, Ava Pearson, batted her in. Soderborg hit to send a runner home, with Lincoln still down two runs. Once again, the Lynx couldn’t put anything together to get another run and Laughlin beat Lincoln, 10-8.
“Lake Mead was a hard-fought back-and-forth game.” says Coach Phil Boucher, “It was a slower start on Friday. At the end of the game, we had runners in scoring position; just failed to get them home.”
The Lady Lynx ended the season with a 17-14 overall record and 12-2 in the league.