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PREP SOFTBALL

Zebras knock Lindhurst out of the park

Lincoln ready for league
By: Aaron Jackson for The News Messenger
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The Lincoln High School Fighting Zebras softball team went up against the Lindhurst Blazers March 30 in a game where the Zebras basically dominated from start to finish.

Lincoln had eight runs in the first inning alone. The final score was 18-4. The game ended in five innings due to the 10-run rule for high school.

Junior Dallas Atchley hit a home run and senior Olivia Honeycutt had three runs batted in. Junior Deja Ross also added three RBIs.

The win puts the Zebras’ record at 10-2 on the season and provides big momentum going into Pioneer Valley League play.

Not only did the Zebras hit the ball very well, their pitching also assisted in this big win. Senior Lexee Sheiring pitched 4 1/3 third innings striking out 10 batters and only gave up one run.

When asked what she needs to do to prepare for league Sheiring stated “Keep my routine on the mound, practice every week and keep up the repetition that keeps me strong.”

The assistant coach of the Zebras is Betty Zamora. When questioned on her thoughts on the team’s play, Zamora answered “I am beyond thrilled with this team. They work very well and expect a lot out of each other. There is always room for improvement but we need to just communicate with one another and keep hitting the ball hard.”

The head coach of the Zebras is Donna Tofft. When asked on how the team has played so far this season Tofft said “We are getting better and better. We need to start faster and tighten up on defense.”

Zamora and Tofft both agreed that the team camaraderie is the biggest strength the team has.

At the plate against Lindhurst: Emily Deatherage (1-2, RBI), Lexie Smith (2-2, 3runs), Honeycutt (2-2, run, 3RBI), Ross (3-3, 2-2b, 2runs, 3RBI), Atchley (2-2, HR, run, 2RBI), Lexee Sheiring (1-3, run, RBI), Katherine Vue (1-1, run), Bailey Eaton (1-1, run), Haylei Grand (3runs), Sophia Agundes (run), Sophia Ireland (1-1, run), Madison Keller (run), Bella Bottini (1-3, run, 2RBI), Sophia Schrader (RBI) and Hanna Sheiring (1-3, 2b, run, RBI).

Lincoln started league Wednesday against Placer and travels to Colfax Thursday to take on the Falcons. The Zebras then return home on Monday to play non-league Del Campo. A very solid start thus far to say the least. Let’s see if they can keep it going for PVL competition.

_ Aaron Jackson is the sports information director for Lincoln High School.