Through the midway point of the Amherst Lancer varsity baseball season injuries have played a vital part in the team’s 5-6 record.
Over half of the roster has missed game action through the first 11 games. Tyler Hargis, last year’s leader in wins while helping get the Lancers to the state quarterfinals, has yet to throw a single pitch this season. Senior Lucas Dickerson has picked up two wins on the season, starting four games so far. Senior Chris Thomason, who missed the last week due to injury, also as picked up two wins to go with an earned run average of 1.31.
Offensively, sophomore Christian Martin, limited to designated hitter duties, has amassed a .542 batting average. In 39 plate appearances, Martin has reached base 25 times, a .641 on-base percentage and has added nine RBIs, scored 12 runs and stole six bases. Dickerson comes in with a .360 batting average and leads the team with 11 RBIs. Hargis (.333), Alex Lacombe (.316) and Reed Dawson (.303) have checked in averages exceeding .300.
Amherst returns home at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, for a battle with Seminole District leader Jefferson Forest. The Lancers will travel to Nelson County at 5 p.m. Monday, April 29.