Lin­coln Wolves Swamped Twice

WOLVES COACH SEES POS­I­TIVES DE­SPITE STRUG­GLES

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Cap­shaw

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

MIKE CAP­SHAW EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

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.

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