Lemon has no idea what his career record is. He says it’s really never mattered much to him.
“I have no idea,” Lemon said. “I doubt that I¹m even .500. I know that I’m not .500. But the wins and losses never bothered me. I wasn’t it in for that.”
He was pleased with the two sectionals Washington won. The Hatchets didn’t make it past the regional, but they were close twice, losing championship games by one and two runs.
“Dwayne Austin who was the coach at Pike Central told me it would take six or seven years to really get the program going, and it did,” Lemon said. “We won a couple of sectionals and came close to getting out of the regional, and some of that was back before class. You always have ups and downs, but I think we did alright with starting the program back in 1991.”
Looking back at his 23-year career, Lemon says he will remember the players who came back to say thanks for his help, the friendships he has made, having the chance to watch youngsters mature and even making friends with the folks who wear the blue.
“I never cared about the money or anything like that,” Lemon said. “That’s not why I got into coaching. It’s about the kids coming back and talking to you about something you helped them with or said to them that has helped make a difference in their lives. I will miss the friends I’ve made in softball.”
Lemon knew he would retire at the end of this season.
His granddaughter Allexis graduated and will continue her career at Olney Central College in Olney, Ill.
Still, he believes he will be an active volunteer with some of the happenings at the complex for the next few years.