by Andrew Martin
Twin brothers Nick and Nate Lynch have been staples on the Lamoille Union varsity baseball team for the last four years, and the pair recently made history. The brothers both reached the 100-hit plateau in their decorated careers in consecutive games during the week of May 30, joining a short list of players to accomplish the feat in Vermont’s varsity baseball history.
Nate Lynch was the first to join the 100-hit club, smacking a double for his 100th hit during the Lancers’ home game against Oxbow on Tuesday, May 27. Nick collected his 99th hit in the same game and then joined his brother in the exclusive club with a single two days later in the Lancers’ next game at Randolph. Along with being a select few in the entire state to have ever had 100 hits in a varsity career, Nick and Nate are also the first players in Lamoille Union history to accomplish the feat.
“I never really thought about it [reaching 100 hits] till this year,” Nate explained. He also credited much of the individual success achieved by him and his brother to the teams that they have played on.
“We have been lucky to be on good teams for four years, that’s a big part of it,” he commented.
“We got a lot more at bats being on a solid team,” Nick added, “That’s something a lot of kids don’t have.”
The Lynchs first began playing baseball at a young age thanks to their dad and grandfather, who got them interested. They quickly developed a passion for the game and played extensively growing up.
“Plus, it was the only sport we were good at,” Nick added.
When they reached high school, Nick and Nate were placed on the varsity squad despite being only freshman. Over the course of their careers they have played a number of positions but in recent years have been staples at the corners of the infield, with Nick playing third base and Nate first base. The pair have also been mainstays on the pitching staff for the varsity squad and played outfield occasionally as well.
No matter where the Lynch brothers were playing defensively, their offense remained key to Lamoille’s success. According to Lamoille head coach Greg Stokes, he had the brothers hitting fifth or sixth when they first began playing as freshman in order to take some of the pressure off them. However, the pair were so solid at the plate that by the fourth game of their rookie campaigns he had them hitting first and second in the lineups in order to get them more at bats. The two remained in the top four of the order for their rest of their careers.
The offensive prowess of the twins can be measured in a number of ways. According to Stokes the pair are hitting right around .400 for their careers. They also have career on-base percentages (OBP) that are actually much higher. (OBP statistics include walks as well as hits.) Both brothers have OBPs well over .600, a fact that Stokes credits to their willingness to take walks and rely on their teammates. Stokes also credits the brothers’ willingness and drive to improve as a reason for their success.
“They live and breathe baseball,” Stokes explained, “They even have corrected their own swings over the years if they feel something is wrong. I normally don’t have to do it for them.”
Along with their stellar offensive statistics the hard work and talent of the pair is also reflected by their numerous selections to the All Capital League first, second, and honorable mention teams since they began playing.
Both brothers hope to continue playing baseball after they are finished high school. According to Nick they plan to play American Legion ball this summer before determining where to go from there.
“We might play something else next year depending on how much we miss it,” he added.
“We are sad to see it coming to an end,” Nate commented in reference to their baseball careers at Lamoille, “I want to thank Coach Stokes, all the rest of our coaches over the year, and our dad and grandpa.”
“I want to thank all of the teammates I’ve had here at Lamoille as well,” Nick added.
“We were fortunate enough to have them and we are going to miss them,” Coach Stokes commented on the brothers’ final season on the team.
“It’s been a pleasure coaching them, they have a commitment to the game that goes beyond what most high school players show,” he concluded.
Side Note: The fourth seeded Lancers fell to visiting Woodstock in a quarterfinal matchup on Friday, June 6. The Lancers rallied from a 6-0 deficit but couldn’t quite overcome the Woodstock lead and lost by a score of 6-5. True to form, Nick and Nate each contributed two hits to the Lancer attack.