Zebras beat Ponderosa to open playoffs
The Lincoln High baseball team opened the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Playoffs with a 5-3 victory over Ponderosa Tuesday afternoon.
The Fighting Zebras took a 4-0 lead into the fifth inning, when the Bruins closed the gap 4-2. Lincoln came back in the bottom of the frame to tack on another run, for a 5-2 cushion.
Ponderosa rallied for a run in the top of the seventh, but a double play ended the threat and the ballgame.
With the win, the No. 3 Zebras will host either No. 6 Benecia or No.10 Del Oro at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Whitney 5, Lincoln 3
The Wildcats ended the Zebras’ 19-game win streak last week, giving Lincoln reason to reflect on their entry into the Division II playoffs.
At Whitney, the Zebras appeared nonchalant and their lackluster performance did not go unnoticed by Zebras head coach Graylon Duncan.
“I just didn’t like the way we went about business. … I don’t think we put forth the effort that we needed to prior to the game,” Duncan said. “It wasn’t about the game itself; it was about how we carried ourselves in between innings and that kind of bothered me.”
Lincoln took an early 2-0 lead, but Whitney came back to go up 4-2 in the bottom half of the second inning.
Brennan Rozell scored in the fifth to close the gap to 4-3, but again Whitney responded with a run of their own.
“Whitney played an outstanding game,” Duncan said. “They were able to get their bunts down when they needed to get them down; we weren’t able to field them today, normally we do.”
Duncan praised his assistants Rob Higgins, Charles Middleton, Aaron Coats and Edd Eaton for their devotion to excellence and player relations.