Lynchburg Sports Hall of Fame: Lucas Jones '05

Photo of Lucas Jones in the on-deck circle during a baseball game on left side of white and red Hall of Fame graphic

Lynchburg, Va. -- When Lucas Jones stands on the dais in Drysdale Student Center Friday night, he won't be thinking about baseball.

Sure, the third-year University of Lynchburg baseball coach will be in the middle of his Lynchburg Sports Hall of Fame induction. But for Jones, the epitomical family man, will be looking into the crowd at those who helped him get there -- and those who have come into his life since his days as a Hornet baseball standout.

"Honestly," the 2005 Lynchburg graduate said, "the thing I'm most excited about is to share those moments with my family and with my teammates."

Jones cemented his spot in Lynchburg's hall of fame long ago. He was an All-America first baseman for the Hornets in 2005, a season in which he collected a school-record 77 hits, and hit in the middle of the most productive lineups Lynchburg's baseball program has ever written onto a card.

Jones also wrote his name into the record books in other areas: he ranks second in career batting average (.426) and fourth in career hits (193) as well.

But the story of Jones' baseball success didn't start on Fox Field each February.

Long before he transferred from Division II Lenoir-Rhyne to Lynchburg, his hometown school, Jones developed the work-ethic that took him to those heights.

"He was probably one of the hardest workers that I've played with," former teammate and fellow hall-of-famer Anthony Palmisano said.

Palmisano and Jones formed the right side of the infield for the first Hornets team to reach the 30-win plateau in 2004.

Jones came to Lynchburg as a sophomore who had always played shortstop, but he quickly adapted to the first base position. His inexperience never showed, Palmisano said.

"It was probably all the work that he put in when no one else was watching," he posited.

That group gelled in part because the guys grew up playing with one another. Jones, Chris Knowles and others were products of Lynchburg's Heritage High; Palmisano and fellow LC legend Ronnie LaBrie went to nearby Staunton River; another recent hall of fame inductee, shortstop Shawn Abell, went to nearby Brookville. And there were many other Lynchburg-area ballplayers who contributed.

"There was a pretty long stretch when there weren't a lot of local kids who were playing at LC," Palmisano said. "I don't know if it was just that, 'We're playing at home,' mentality. We all got along really well, too. I guess that came from knowing each other."

For Jones' part, Lynchburg's success during those years -- the Hornets never lost more than 15 games in his three seasons playing for the program -- came in large part because of the stellar high-school baseball talent in the area at the time, something he hopes to rejuvenate as he settles in as Lynchburg's head coach in this era.

This is the sixth in a series of features on the 2019 Lynchburg Sports Hall of Fame Class, which will run on LynchburgSports.com the week leading up to induction at the Lynchburg Alumni Awards Dinner, Friday, Oct. 18 in Drysdale Student Center.

--LYN--

Wed Nov 20
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hollins
Fri Nov 22
5:30 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
@ Newport News, Va. CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 1
Sat Nov 23
at NCAA Division III Championships
E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, Louisville, Ky.
Sat Nov 23
at Randolph-Macon Invitational -- Day 1
Sat Nov 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 4
Sun Nov 24
at Randolph-Macon Invitational -- Day 2
Mon Nov 25
7:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Sun Dec 01
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
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Fri Nov 08
Final
87 Lynchburg
78 vs. Albertus Magnus
@ Hood College, Frederick, Md. MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Sat Nov 09
Final
62 Lynchburg
75 at Hood
MMI Tip-Off Championship
Wed Nov 13
Final
88 Lynchburg
68 at N.C. Wesleyan
Sat Nov 16
Final
69 Hampden-Sydney
74 vs. Methodist
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Nov 16
Final
80 Pfeiffer
91 vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Nov 17
Final
99 Hampden-Sydney
108 vs. Pfeiffer
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 3
Sun Nov 17
Final
69 Methodist
93 vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4
Fri Nov 22
5:30 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
@ Newport News, Va. CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 1
Sat Nov 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 4
Sun Dec 01
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Sat Dec 07
2:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 11
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Jan 01
2:00 PM
William Peace
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 04
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Jan 08
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
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Sun Nov 10
Final
60 Meredith
81 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Nov 12
Final
39 Lynchburg
70 at Averett
Fri Nov 15
Final
39 Lynchburg
52 at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic (Game Played at Agnes Scott)
Sat Nov 16
Final
64 Colorado Col.
76 vs. Lynchburg
@ Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Ga. Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Wed Nov 20
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hollins
Mon Nov 25
7:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Sat Dec 07
4:30 PM
Emory & Henry
vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Game
Fri Dec 20
4:00 PM
Hood
vs. Lynchburg
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Sat Dec 21
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Marymount (Va.)
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Thu Jan 02
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sat Jan 04
4:30 PM
Johns Hopkins
vs. Lynchburg
Tue Jan 07
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
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Wed Oct 02
Final - 2OT
2 Lynchburg
2 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
Final - 2OT
3 Lynchburg
3 at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
Final
0 Lynchburg
4 at No. 6 Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
Final
1 East. Mennonite
3 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
Final
1 Shenandoah
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
Final
3 Lynchburg
1 at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
Final - OT
0 Guilford
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Nov 03
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
2 vs. Lynchburg
Match 3 - ODAC Quarterfinal
Fri Nov 08
Final - PK Away
2 Lynchburg
2 at Hampden-Sydney
Match 6 - ODAC Semifinal
Sat Nov 09
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 vs. No. 11 Washington and Lee
@ Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden Sydney, Va. Match 8 - ODAC Championship
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Sat Oct 05
Final
0 Bridgewater (Va.)
4 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
Final
1 Randolph
5 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
Final
5 Lynchburg
0 at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
Final
3 Lynchburg
0 at Ferrum
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 16
Final
0 Sweet Briar
9 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
Final
2 Roanoke
1 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Thu Oct 24
Final
3 Lynchburg
4 at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Moved from Oct. 23
Sun Oct 27
Final
1 Lynchburg
2 at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
Final
2 Lynchburg
1 at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
Final - OT
2 Va. Wesleyan
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Mon Nov 04
Final
0 East. Mennonite
4 vs. Lynchburg
Match 1 - ODAC First Round
Wed Nov 06
Final
1 Lynchburg
4 at No. 14 Randolph-Macon
Match 2 - ODAC Quarterfinals
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