Reflections After Lincoln Ends Season With Loss To Skyline

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
They were one game away from going back to the Final Four. They had the game at home and had a pretty good pitcher on the mound. However, Skyline 25-5 would erupt for eight runs in the second inning and lead 11-2 for most of the contest in taking the victory over Lincoln 11-4 to move on to the Final Four.
After trailing 11-1 after three, Lincoln’s defense and a run in the fourth inning would keep the Tigers from the ten run rule to push the game to seven innings and give the Cardinals a chance to rally.
The fourth inning also brought the rejection of Lincoln’s first base coach Johnny Eierman following a discussion over a close play at first.
Skyline would score three in the first and eight in the second against Seniors Grant Eifert, Derek Stephens and Sam Doop. Senior Dominic Simmons, (The Dominator) would come in and pitch well and hold Skyline scoreless the rest of the way. Simmons ended with a great career of football and baseball. He was also a weight lifting champion outside of the school program.
Sophomore Jackson Beaman,the DH because of an injury that will probably require surgery during the Summer, scored a run, walked three times and struck out looking to end the game.
Beaman, the quarterback of the football team and the starting point guard of the basketball team, will now become “the Man” for  Lincoln with the departure of Catcher, Running Back and Center, Derek Stephens. Stephens would double home two runs to make the score 11-4 in the sixth to the delight of the huge home crowd. Those who came late would park in the back forty.
If a small college is looking  for a catcher they would do well in signing Stephens. At times, he was a man among boys during his three sport career.
With Corbin Reese beyond his pitch limit after Monday’s game and pitcher and shortstop Jackson Beaman injured, Coach Will Lynde called on his reserves to fill the gap in the field and on the mound. Both teams made three errors.
It was the second time this season that Skyline beat Lincoln. The first time was at Skyline with the Cardinals committing five errors in a 7-3 loss.
Eifert struggled in the game but it needs to be noted that he pitched against some of the best competition Lincoln faced all year. With no disgrace to Skyline or Northwest, Coach Lynde said Neelyville was the best team Lincoln played all season.
It is also noted that the left handed Eifert was also a sharp shooting guard, who when he was on, made Lincoln hard to beat on the basketball court. He barely missed a thirty footer at the buzzer against Sacred Heart that would had been the upset for the year for the Cardinals.
It is without saying that Reese was the ace of the staff but the pitch count caused the lanky 6’4 southpaw to play first and right field during the Skyline contest. He is now on his way now to Summer league ball and to SW Baptist in the fall.
Senior Tyler Betts, played the infield and scored a key run in the Concordia game. Betts gave the club some stability in the infield.
Senior Sam Doop with his better than average speed, played right field and pinch ran for the Cardinals during the season. He gave the team everything he had and was a credit to the spirit of the program.
With hopes for the return trip to O’Fallon MO. for the Final Four over, Coach Lynde will now  coach youth baseball and basketball and work on his 1000 acre farm in Leeton MO. during the summer months. He also will keep an eye on his former players on their summer league teams. He told his players before the game to get into the weight room  tomorrow morning if they lost. Coach Lynde went on to say that he was looking forward to next season and will try to develop some pitching depth during the Summer.
When the sorrow of the Skyline loss softens, the seniors can look back on a 23-5 season,a 93-19 four year record, two third place state finishes, three sectional wins,two quarterfinals wins and three district titles. No crying towel for these boys, just a lot of pride in what they have accomplished.