Lincoln Wolves Swamped Twice
WOLVES COACH SEES POSITIVES DESPITE STRUGGLES
GENTRY — After a pair of mercy- rule losses on Saturday, Lincoln baseball coach Justin Bounds took a look at the bigger picture.
Sure, an 11-1 loss against West Fork and a 13- 1 loss against Oaks- Mission, Okla., isn’t the results the Wolves ( 0- 4) were hoping for during The Border Battle, but at least the games were played after Saturday’s tournament games were moved to Gentry due to soggy field conditions at Lincoln High School.
“The scoreboard was not very kind to us today, but we got to come play,” Bounds said. “We’re not out on the field trying to work the field [after it rained]. We’re not inside with 20 guys crowded in the gym and balls flying everywhere in one cage.
“It was good to get outside and get to go play baseball.”
With several new players on this year’s roster, Bounds needed games, not rainouts, during the nonconference slate in order to gauge where certain players will fit.
“Right now, we’re trying to figure out what works for us,” Bounds said. “Trying to figure out who’s good at what, who’s good on the mound, who struggles and we’re just trying to figure it out.”
Despite the losses on Saturday, Bounds was encouraged by several things he noticed throughout the day. Pace Maddox had hits in both games, including an RBI single for the Wolves’ lone run against West Fork. Dalton Lee hammered an RBI triple to account for the run against Oaks-Mission.
“We started to make a couple of adjustments at the plate, so that was good,” Bounds said. “We were trying to pick signs and trying to do all the baseball stuff that you’re supposed to do, cheat on a lead and stuff like that. Some of the guys were picking up on it, which
Lincoln freshman Caleb Lloyd traded his catcher’s mitt for a regular glove when he came on in the Wolves’ game against Oaks-Mission, Okla., at Gentry on Saturday.