Lincoln County High School had a big week of baseball, defeating Needles twice on April 12 and found some success against bigger schools in the Cowboy Classic tournament, April 13-16.
Against Needles, Lincoln started off strong in the first inning with two runs. Needles scored one run in the last four innings consecutively, but it wasn’t enough to catch up with Lincoln who scored four more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Lincoln won 6-4.
Mason Thornock pitched and struck out five. Alex Vincent pitched two innings and struck out four.
Thornock hit a home run with three RBIs. Dean Ottley also hit a home run and a double with two RBIs.
In the second game the Lynx came out swinging again, scoring four runs right off the bat. Needles answered with one run in the bottom of the first, but Lincoln shut it down with nine runs in the top of the third. Refusing Needles another run, Lincoln won 13-1.
Kobe Walker pitched, striking out five.
Walker and Kamdon Lewis both went 2-for-4 with one double and two RBIs.
The next morning, Lincoln started off the Cowboy Classic at Valley High School by taking on the tournament host. Lincoln claimed yet another win, 6-2. The teams were neck and neck by the end of the second inning, but Lincoln pulled ahead with four runs in the fifth. Valley scored another run in the bottom of the fifth.
McKinley O’Connor pitched, striking out six.
Lewis went 2-for-3 with a home run and one RBI. Ottley was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Lincoln took their first loss of the season on April 14 against Mojave.
Mojave scored first with one run in the bottom of the second. Lincoln answered with two in the top of the fourth. Mojave scored two more, and Lincoln was unable to get another run. Mojave won 3-2.
Talon Phillips pitched.
Phillips was 1-for-2 with a triple. O’Connor hit 1-for-3 with a double. Vincent was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
To end the tournament, Lincoln played Chaparral. Both teams built on their score the entire game. By the bottom of the seventh, Lincoln was ahead 8-4. Chaparral only managed two more runs, and Lincoln won 8-6.
Walker pitched and struck out seven.
Lewis hit 4-for-4 with one RBI. O’Connor hit 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Walker went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Lincoln will play Laughlin at home on April 26 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Lynx are 20-1 on the season and are at the top of the Southern 2A at 10-0. They host face second place Laughlin (14-2, 8-2) April 26 for two games starting at 1 p.m. in Panaca.