Lloyd Rec­og­nized As All-Con­fer­ence

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

LINCOLN — Ju­nior pitcher/ in­fielder Caleb Lloyd re­ceived All-Con­fer­ence honors for the 2018 Lincoln base­ball sea­son.

Lincoln po­si­tioned Lloyd where needed. He lined up at catcher, short­stop, first base and on the mound qui­etly lead­ing by example.

Ac­cord­ing to Justin Bounds, who coached Lincoln for the 2018 sea­son, “Caleb is kind of a quiet kid. He’s not a real ver­bal kid. He’s been that way as long as I’ve known him.”

Lloyd fin­ished as the team leader in sev­eral cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing: bat­ting av­er­age, .423; hits, 30; sin­gles, 22; ex­tra base hits, 8; runs bat­ted in, 16; slug­ging per­cent­age, .577; and qual­ity at-bats, 30.

He scored 14 runs, and won the Lincoln Wolves Sil­ver Slug­ger Award at the sports ban­quet. Lloyd pitched 25.2 in­nings and recorded 29 strike-0uts while pitch­ing.

“He’s a good ball-player, a good ath­lete,” Bounds said. “We could have moved him around any­where on the field and he could have been suc­cess­ful. Most of our cat­e­gories, he led us in. He was the only one who bat­ted over .400. He had two or three triples. He was in the top two or three in RBIs, which is kind of odd. We bat­ted him all year in our two-hole hit­ter, which meant that kids in the bot­tom of the or­der were get­ting on base and he was driv­ing them in.”

For Bounds, one par­tic­u­lar game stands out when Lloyd started on the mound dur­ing a reg­u­lar sea­son con­fer­ence game on the road at league pow­er­house, Shiloh Chris­tian.

“It was a 10-4 game, he kept them off-bal­ance, he kept us in that game,” Bounds said. “Then we took him off the mound and we moved him to first base and he made the play of the year. There was a lit­tle pop-up and he caught it. If any­body else was there at first base I don’t think they could catch it, but he did. He’s a very ath­letic kid, whether it’s pitch­ing or play­ing quar­ter­back in foot­ball. It shows up in ev­ery­thing he does.”

MAKR HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lincoln ju­nior Caleb Lloyd, shown pitch­ing against Prairie Grove, earned All-Con­fer­ence base­ball honors. Lloyd led the Wolves in sev­eral cat­e­gories and also won the team Sil­ver Slug­ger Award.

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