High school baseball: Rebuilding Lincoln splits with Ottumwa

High school baseball: Rebuilding Lincoln splits with Ottumwa

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High school baseball: Rebuilding Lincoln splits with Ottumwa

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Randy Wee is changing Des Moines Lincoln baseball one weight, one throw, and now, one win at a time.
In just his first season as the Railsplitters’ coach, Wee has his Lincoln team in contention for a CIML Metro Conference crown.
The Railsplitters continued to stay in the race splitting a doubleheader with conference rival Ottumwa, winning game one 5-2 before losing game two 9-6 at home Thursday night.
“I haven’t really tried to shock them or anything,” said Wee. “It’s just, here’s what we want to do and here’s why we want to do it and they’ve asked for it.”
And Wee has provided it.
Wee helped build a championship program at Johnston, guiding the Dragons to a historic 40-0 record and a state title in 2008.
Wee, who was hired at Lincoln in November, started on his next project. In the offseason, the new coach started a weight lifting and a morning throwing program, something players at Lincoln had never done before.
“Coming into this year, it seems like things have gotten more serious,” Lincoln’s Mike Ryner said.
The Railsplitters are showing they are a team to be taken seriously.
In game one, Lincoln jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Ryner scored on an RBI single by Kort Kern in the third inning. They added three more runs in the fourth including an RBI double by Blake Mahoney.
Ryner finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in the win.
In game two, Ottumwa took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Lincoln chipped and clawed at the lead, trimming it to a 8-6 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Devin Wicks.
Ottumwa’s offense was too powerful, tallying 15 hits, including three from Seth Griffiths, who finished with a double and a triple in the second game.
The split gave Lincoln a 9-11 record, including 8-4 in conference play. The Railsplitters entered the night in a three-way tie for first place with Des Moines Roosevelt and Des Moines East.
With most of the second half of the conference season yet to be played, a conference crown is still within Lincoln’s grasp, just a season after finishing 10-22.
“The thing we continue to talk about, the success we had at Johnston, it wasn’t built over night,” Wee said. “It was built day by day and brick by brick every year. That’s the process we’re taking here.”
Ottumwa (14-10, 6-6 in the Metro) coach Mike Egbert, who once coached with Wee during an all-star series, said the process should have a positive result.
“He’ll leave his mark here real soon,” Egbert said.
Ottumwa 000 200 0–2 6 4
Lincoln 001 301 x–5 10 1
Leading hitters–O: Mooney 2×2, Keck 2×4; L: O’Toole 2×2, Ryner 2×4, Kern 2×4. W–Damon. L–Mooney. S–Mi. Downing.
Ottumwa 431 001 0–9 15 3
Lincoln 132 000 0–6 8 1
Leading hitters–O: McIntosh 2×3, Ollom 3×4, Keck 3×4, Griffiths 3×4; L: Ryner 2×4, Hutchins 2×4, Cook 2×4. W–Keck. L–Hutchins.

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