Lincoln wears league crown once more
It was close, if one looks at the Pioneer Valley League Standings, but not if one examines how the Lincoln High softball team concluded league play last week.
Bear River lost a crucial game to Center two days before an essential showdown with the Fighting Zebras April 27. On that day, Lincoln (9-1) blanked the Bruins 8-0, handing the visitors only their second PVL loss of the season.
With a one-game edge over the Bruins, the Zebras went on to shut out both Center and Foothill last week, totaling 23 runs in the process.
Lincoln 16, Foothill 0
Against the Mustangs Friday, Dallas Atchley ripped two home runs and Eliza Deatherage added another, as Lincoln rolled to victory in five innings. It was Atchley’s eighth and ninth round trip of the season to lead the league with nine.
In the circle, Deatherage threw one-hit softball, striking out seven over three innings. Haley Arnold-Jolley came on to close, fanning three and surrendering the second of their host’s two hits.
In tribute to the seniors hitting: Jaya Dardick (1-2, run), Sophia Ireland (1-2), Sophia Schrader (1-1), Deja Ross (run), Atchley (2-3, HR, 2runs, 4RBI) and Matty Sparks (1-2).
The entire team had a .500 batting average.
Lincoln 7, Center 0
Junior Hanna Shiering gave up just four hits and struck out five on her way to her ninth PVL win of the season. Her record of 9-2 put her at the top of the league.
Junior Sophia Agundes was 3-for-4 at the plate, driving in two runs and scoring two runs, and freshman Laila Alves was 3-4 with two RBIs. Also collecting three hits were Shiering and Ireland and both had an RBI apiece.
The Zebras were to close out the regular season with non-conference games at Roseville and Marysville.
Head coach Donna Tofft said she was not certain if her club would be placed in Division II or III when seeded for the playoffs.