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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Lincoln Little League in All Star battle mode

Locals hold own in District tilts
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Lincoln Little League Senior All Stars went undefeated into the Section 4 championship round, where they met District 5’s Citrus Heights. The boys from Zebra Town beat District 5 13-3 at American River College Monday to win the title.

Lincoln’s Senior team advances to the Divisional tournament in Visalia and will open against Evergreen Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

JUNIOR ALL STARS

The Junior All Stars finished as runners-up in the District 11 tournament at Twin Oaks Park June 26.

In what held promise to be a fight to the finish, the LLL Juniors held a 6-5 lead over Rocklin going into the top of the fourth inning. But the tide began to turn after the fourth, when Rocklin retook the lead 7-6 and Lincoln left the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame.

From that point on, Rocklin added enough runs to eventually win 16-8.

“I’m proud of them. They worked hard. They battled through the whole game,” said Lincoln manager Jon Chapple. “Rocklin is a great team; they hit the ball and we did the best we could.”

Batting: Johnny Bauser (3-5, 3rbi), Joshua Alarcon (1-3, run, rbi), Kyle Morrison (1-1, rbi), Sebastian Edwards (2-4, HR, rbi), Caden Noonan (2-3, 2runs), Ethan Jorgensen (1-2, run), Cole Chapple (1-2, run), Alexander Jacobs (2runs), Will Cubias (1-3) and Dakota Perry (run).

Pitching: Morrison (2ip, 5K), Noonan (4.1ip, 6K) and Peyton Raper (1.2ip, 3K).

10-12 ALL STARS, Nevada City

Lincoln’s All Stars had 10-run fever before beating Mid-Placer 11-1 Sunday. Lincoln also defeated both Bear River and Nevada City 10-0 to remain unbeaten.

But a 6-4 loss to Tri-City has the local club in an elimination showdown with Auburn Thursday. Undaunted, Lincoln came through with a 10-5 victory.

Lincoln will now meet Tri-City in the start of Friday’s finale and will have to beat TCLL twice to win the district title.

9-11 ALL STARS, Lincoln

After a 3-2 squeaker over Rocklin to open the tournament, Lincoln was beaten 9-4 by Tri-City. However, the local club came back the following night to rock Nevada City 10-0 and again defeated Rocklin, 8-5, Sunday.

Lincoln then took out Sierra Foothills 10-0 in the elimination semifinal game to face Tri-City again Tuesday.

In a gripping, dramatic finish, Lincoln forced a final game on Thursday by beating Tri-City 7-6.

Lincoln trailed until tying the game 4-4 in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Tucker James, J.T. Cross and Evan Barrientos all scored.

Relief pitcher Peter Bostic then held Tri-City to two runs, getting the last batter to ground out to shortstop Jackson Cook after catcher Brendan Willis gunned down a runner trying to take third base.

8-10 ALL STARS, Auburn

Undefeated in their first two games, Lincoln was headed for a showdown with Tri-City Monday.

However, the locals dropped a 4-1 decision to TCLL and lost 7-3 to Rocklin to end their season.

The Zebra Town Nine topped Bear River 10-0 and Grass Valley 11-4 earlier in the tournament to advance.