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Lincoln's Boyd values winning more than hitting

May 13, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

STANFORD - Logan Boyd doesn't get a hit every time he steps to the plate; it only seems like it.

The Lincoln County senior does hit safely almost half the time, though, making him just about as reliable as they come on the baseball diamond.

Boyd's batting average has hovered near .500 through this season. While he has a pretty good idea of how well he's doing at the plate, his statistics aren't foremost on his mind.

He said he's far more concerned with the overall state of the offense at Lincoln than with anything he's doing by himself.

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"It's been great, and it's great that we're coming together as a team," Boyd said. "I'm pleased, but I'm more pleased with how our team has been going."

And with good reason. The Patriots bobbed above .500 for the first time this season last week, and they're trying to build some momentum in the two weeks before the 45th District Tournament.

Boyd said finishing strong is important to him.

"It means a whole lot, because this is basically my life," he said. "I want to have a successful season and make it to region, and as a team we all feel the same way."

Boyd has been at the forefront for Lincoln all spring. At the three-quarter mark of the regular season, he was hitting about .480 with four home runs.

"I guess I've been playing pretty good," he said.

Lincoln coach Jimmy Hill said there's no guesswork about it.

"Logan's been hitting the ball well all year," Hill said.

Boyd is the headliner in a Lincoln offense that is starting to get untracked after a sluggish first month.

"Lately we've been playing pretty good," Boyd said.

Fellow senior Nate Rice is hitting around .400, and a couple of other Patriots are over .300.

"You can tell we're getting better," Hill said.

Boyd said he and his teammates put in plenty of extra hours in the off-season to prepare for this spring, and their penchant for extra work didn't change once the games began.

"We're coming out to the cage on our days off and before games," he said. "We're hitting every day."

Boyd and his fellow seniors have led the way this season by presenting a united front.

"Our attitude toward each other has been really great," he said. "Our unity has brought us together."

The Patriots have large senior and sophomore classes. Boyd said the seniors have been pointing toward making this season special for some time, and they tried to make sure the younger players were, too.

"Coming into the season, we knew what we had to do," he said. "And the sophomores have been stepping up and taking their roles."

Boyd isn't sure whether he'll have a future in baseball beyond this season, but he said he would welcome the chance to play at the collegiate level.

"I'd like to go play," he said. "I'm keeping my options open."

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