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Lydon works way to UNR scholarship

Zach Lydon practices at Dublin on March 22, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Zach Lydon practices at Dublin on March 22, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Zach Lydon’s offseason was a wild one at Dublin.

During one of the most unique times imaginable, Lydon – a senior pitcher and first baseman for the Gaels – did everything he could to get his name out there. He was sending out videos to every program he could think of. He was utilizing social media as much as he could, with nearly every coach having a Twitter account.

Lydon got it all to work out, earning his way to a scholarship from the University of Nevada Reno, where he will play the next four years of his career.

“It’s been my dream since I was a little kid,” Lydon said. “It just keeps me going every single day just to keep going, just to keep fighting with my boys.”

His path was always a different one.

Growing up, Lydon idolized Barry Bonds – Major League Baseball’s career home runs leader who sent shot after shot in McCovey Cove. That was his favorite player.

Yet, Lydon took a different route than Bonds, and it sure worked out.

Lydon is mentally tough – something he credits to the Dublin coaches and those at Headfirst Baseball Academy.

“It was always just a question that I had in the back of my mind, like was I good enough. Was I going to make it?” Lydon said. “But just all the coaches here and Headfirst Academy just made me better and all my teammates make me grow.”

A three-year varsity player, Lydon has been an integral part of the Gaels’ performances on the diamond.

After pitching 8.2 innings and striking out six batters as a sophomore in 2019, Lydon went 2-0 with an astounding 0.49 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched in a shortened junior campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic, striking out 22 batters and only walking six.

“Just on the mound I think just trying to pick apart hitters inning to inning, pitch to pitch, just knowing what pitch to throw and what count has gotten me to another level,” Lydon said.

This year, Lydon has not pitched yet, as he is still recovering from an injury, but he has one hit at the plate while his Dublin team is 2-0, with wins versus Livermore and San Ramon Valley.

“Just the growth I’ve had mentally is just the biggest thing,” Lydon said. “Staying in the game all the time, every pitch just always keeping my mental focus to another level.”

What Lydon wants is for Dublin to continue this trend and become the No. 1 team in the league.

“Me and my boys are just trying to do as good as we can in the shortened COVID year and just fight every single game and bring home an EBAL Valley title,” Lydon said.

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