With gusts of nearly 40 mph last Friday, Derek Shumway went 2-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs in the opener, and Colton Johnson struck out eight in five innings in the second game as Lincoln County swept The Meadows Mustangs 10-9 and 12-2 to claim sole possession of first place in the Division III Southern League.
Shumway hit a two-out, two-run double for the go-ahead runs as Lincoln County rallied from a 7-4 hole with five runs in the sixth inning of the opener. Paul Boag was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Lynx in the first game. McClain O’Connor had pulled the Lynx within one run with a two-run RBI single.
Drake Gordon, Austin Neal and Adam Martinez went 2-for-4 for the Mustangs in the opener.
The Meadows changed their pitcher in that inning and the Lincoln batters started to hit the reliever pretty hard.
Lynx coach Ray Wadsworth said, “We started getting on their starter, and they made that change and we started finding the holes. It was a good game. We needed a good close game like this.”
Zach Shinkle was 2-for-2 with a double, a triple and two RBIs in the nightcap for Lincoln County. Mike Wood and Preston Robbins each added two hits for the Lynx.
The sweep of the Saints puts Lincoln (14-3) on top of the league standings at 10-0 with four games remaining. The Lynx close out the league season with games at Lake Mead (3-11, 3-7) May 2 and Agassi (5-6, 3-5) May 9.
The four-team Division III Southern League tournament will be in Needles May 15-17. The top two advance to state in Reno May 22-24.
Last year, Lincoln finished third in league and lost out in the district playoffs.