Aspen Wilkin hit two home runs and had six RBIs in the opener and tossed a three-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts in the nightcap to lead the Lincoln County Lynx to a sweep of the Needles Mustangs in Needles last week by scores of 18-6 and 8-0. .
Easton Tingey went 3-for-5 with three doubles, and Chesnee Harding homered in the first game for Lincoln County, which won in six innings.
In the nightcap, Wilkin was 3-for-4, and Tingey doubled twice for the Lynx.
Coach Pat Kelley said he was quite surprised at the outcome. “They only had one pitcher and she went both games, so I was surprised at that.”
Lincoln jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first game, but Kelley said the team had a bit of a let down in the third inning when the Mustangs scored all their runs. “We made a couple of errors and Needles managed to tie the game at that point. But I was really proud of the girls because after that they settled down, started smacking the ball and playing great defense, and we ended up with a 10-run win.” Lincoln had 16 hits in the game to only four for Needles. Josie Burgess got the win in the opener.
Kelley said Wilkin, a strong candidate for MVP honors, just dominated Needles (11-5, 6-2) in the nightcap, especially with the 14 strikeouts. “Probably the most she has had in any given game this season. There was really only one ball that was a clean hit to the outfield, she was just so dominate. She is really getting stronger.”
Lincoln (17-6, 8-0) plays at The Meadows (4-15, 1-5) this weekend then hosts co-league leader White Pine (10-4, 8-0) to end the regular season. That game has been moved to May 2.
Needles plays at White Pine this weekend.
The Lynx have an 11-4 record with White Pine since 2008, and are 2-2 in the last four meetings. It was White Pine Lincoln beat last year for their first state title since 1999.