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BASEBALL

Back to back losses by Zebras jeopardizes PVL title

Colfax at Lincoln Thursday
By: Staff Report
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AUBURN ? The Lincoln High baseball team had its chances to sew up the Pioneer Valley League crown but Placer found a way to get back in the race with a 5-4 victory Thursday. The Hillmen scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to overcome a 4-2 deficit and keep their hopes alive for the PVL pennant. Lincoln reliever James Pallas couldn?t shut down the Auburn club giving up four walks and two hits as Placer pulled back to within one game of the league-leading Fighting Zebras. Lincoln?s bats were still warm after defeating the Hillmen 5-1 two days before. Kody Kencke and Jordan Albarron both went 2-for-3 in the contest and Ethan Liddle ripped a triple. All three would score in the game along with Julio Matinez. Trent Parks also had two hits, Jake Sola, Joey Valdez and Isaiah Garcia each had one. Collecting a run batted in apiece were Garcia, Liddle and Sola. Placer had just five hits in the game but it proved to be enough. Sola was the starting pitcher with four strikeouts and one base on balls. Colfax 5, Lincoln 2 ? Lincoln (9-5 PVL, 12-14 overall) dropped back into a tie with Placer losing 5-2 at Colfax Tuesday. The Zebras will close out their regular season against the Falcons at home Thursday. Lincoln 5, Placer 1 ? In an earlier contest, Albarron went this distance on the hill to silence Placer?s bats while getting all the offense he would need for the victory. Martinez sparked a four-run rally in the fifth by leading off the inning with a single. Garcia would later drive in two runs with his base hit to break the deadlock. Albarron also drove in two runs with a double later in the inning. ?We were hungry for this game,? Albarron said. ?Everyone doubts us, but we like to be in that position to prove people wrong.? The senior dominated on the mound with only one slip-up. Placer?s Eddie Vanderdoes caught an Albarron fastball on the nose for a home run accounting for the Hillmen lone run. Albarron stranded three Placer runners in the game and picked off two at first base. ?He?s a big game pitcher,? Lincoln coach Troy Peterson said. ?He doesn?t get rattled. This was his fourth complete game of the season for us and he?s been really good every game. The rest of the team came together and got the job done.? Helping to get that job done was Pallas also had a home run in the contest. ~ Staff report, Todd Mordhorst, Gold Country News Service