Lincoln’s 11s win District 11 championship
Leading by a run with two out and two men on base, Lincoln Little League’s Joel Barfield struck out Tri-City’s last batter to give the locals the District 11 9-11 All Stars championship, 3-2, at McBean Park Thursday.
Superb baseball was played by both teams in a do-or-die title match-up for Lincoln, after dropping a 9-4 decision to the Rocklin club June 29. The Zebra Town Nine edged Tri-City 7-6 July 3 to open the championship round and force a second game.
“What a relief to every day since last Friday and to come through like this, it feels real nice,” said Lincoln manager Mark Willis. “They had the feeling they could overcome adversity. They didn’t give in; they picked each other up.”
After falling behind 2-0 going into the fourth inning, starting pitcher Jackson Cook struck out the side. Lincoln tied the game when Gavin Cruice and Lane Tingey scored in the bottom of the fourth.
Tri-City threatened in the top of the fifth with a runner on third base, but could not bring him home.
Lincoln’s Brendan Willis singled and scored the winning run on an overthrow at third, but Jesse Rusinek was left stranded on third leaving Lincoln with just a one-run cushion. Barfield came on in relief of Cook when Cook reached his pitching limit and the rest is history.
Lincoln enters the Section 4 tournament in Folsom’s Mann Park and will open against the winner of the D7 and D5 contest. The game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
SENIORS ALL STARS, Visalia
After winning the Section 4 tournament at American River College, the Lincoln senior club is now playing in the Divisional tournament.
Lincoln defeated Citrus Heights (D5) 13-3 to capture the Section 4 title. Citrus Heights advanced beating D54 Folsom American 8-3.
10-11 ALL STARS, Nevada City
In yet another championship battle against Tri-City, the Rocklin club came back from Friday’s 4-1 loss against the locals to claim the D11 banner Saturday 6-1.
Lincoln’s lineup: Kenny Winters, Corden Pettey, Kellen Coyler, Thomas Mukai, Blake Lauppe, Logan Sanders, Anthony Anderson, Tyler Baser, Markus Rodgers, Noah Nartker, Hathan Munch, Andrew Miner, Andrew Aceto and Carter Gsell, and coaches Patric Winters, Brice Lauppe and Terrance Rodgers.
8-10 ALL STARS, Auburn
Lincoln lost in the semifinals to Rocklin, 7-3 July 3. Rocklin then went on to defeat Tri-City for the championship.
Lincoln’s lineup: Cristian Haro, Tyler Silva, Rocco Pipia, Cry Crawford, Jarett Hackney, Stevie Pagano, Jaxon Storm, Anthony Jackson, Ryder Alves, Luke Nilsson, Owen Errotabere, Zane Smull, Jason Meehan and Adrian Placencia Jr., and coaches Jason Hackney, Brian Silva and Joe Haro.