SHOCCO SPRINGS -- Lincoln High School’s softball team has continued its usual trend of winning games while changing head coaches. The Lady Golden Bears have gotten off to a good start this season under first-year head coach David Box.
Box is Lincoln’s third coach in the last three seasons. Box and the Lady Golden Bears addressed the media on Wednesday during the Inaugural Talladega County Spring Sports Media Day at Shocco Springs.
“I am going to be honest, I inherited a gold mine,” Box said. “I was kind of thrown into this at the last minute, but I have absolutely enjoyed every second. These girls have worked extremely hard. We have a long way to go, but we are going to be great. The sky's the limit.”
The Lady Golden Bears are off to a 10-6 start. Lincoln has already faced and defeated several of the top programs in the state, including Mortimer Jordan, Chelsea and Pell City.
“We have played a lot of good competition early in the year,” Box said. “We have played a lot of (Class) 6 and 7A schools, we have done really well. We have six wins over 6A schools and we have a win over a 7A school. We have two wins in 5A and we have played some smaller schools, too. We are doing great. We beat Talladega last night in our first area game. I am looking forward to the county tournament this weekend.”
Lincoln had a historic season in 2017 but fell short of accomplishing its goal of making the state tournament. The Lady Golden Bears set the school record with 41 wins.
Lincoln pitcher Rayanna Powell said she learned a lot from last season’s seniors.
“They had an extremely hard work ethic,” Powell said. “They pushed everybody to be better and they never got upset or showed emotion. They never got angry on the field, so that is what we trying to take away mostly. “
Lincoln lost several key pieces from last season’s team, including six players (five to graduation) and a coach.
On the diamond, the Lady Golden Bears will have to depend heavily on underclassmen. Lincoln has seven sophomores, eight freshmen, two juniors and three seniors on its roster.
Despite being a young team, Lincoln still has the same lofty goal for the season.
“We really do want to go to state,” Powell said. “Our main goal every year is to go to state. We also want to win the area and county.”
Lincoln will have a chance to accomplish one of its goals this weekend when it attempts to defend its Talladega County Tournament title. The Lady Golden Bears will enter the tournament looking to win their fourth straight county championship. Lincoln will play the winner of Sylacauga/Talladega on Friday at Childersburg High School.
“I think really highly of it (winning the county championship),” Lincoln catcher Victoria Mitchell said, “but like after county, my next focus is area and winning those area games.”