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The end of a magnificent season

Lincoln’s Majors All Stars have year to remember
By: Jim Linsdau Lincoln News Messenger Sports
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It was a battle down to the wire in the championship bracket of the Majors All Stars Section 4 finale at Lincoln Little League, McBean Park Field, between the Lincoln All Stars and Lakeside All Stars, July 20. Trailing 3-2, Lincoln was unable to hold back Lakeside’s bats as they exploded for six runs and gave the District 54 representatives an eventual 9-2 victory. “Lakeside is a great team,” said a gracious Lincoln Manager Ray Garcia. “We had opportunities.” Lincoln had to come through the loser’s bracket after losing to Lakeside on a walk-off home run in the last inning of their first meeting, July 18. Lincoln then eliminated Land Park Pacific the following night when Lincoln’s bats began ringing loud once again to give the home club a 9-3 win. In the title game, Lakeside took an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but Lincoln answered with a run of its own. Lakeside then gained a 3-1 edge on a 2-run home run off the bat of Darren Nelson. Lincoln’s Alex Rose hit a double in the fifth inning, and was driven in by Alex Isola’s base hit. Rose also scored Lincoln’s first run. However, Lincoln could get no closer. “Every little thing has to go your way,” Garcia said of playing baseball at that level. “(Lincoln) played hard enough and good enough to win.” Lakeside then found its offense once again in the sixth inning with Jakob Baranowski hitting a 3-run home run, followed by a solo shot by Chris Weber. That seemed to take the life out of Lincoln as they were unable to generate any offense of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Rose was 2-for-3 in the contest, and Lowe also had a double. Eli Garcia started the game on the mound and was relieved by Issac Adams, who was then relieved by Rose. Garcia said that, although the loss was disappointing, what his team accomplished this year in Majors’ All Stars play would stick with his players for life. They were the Area 1 champions, District 11 champions, and made it into the title game at Section 4. “Sometimes I’m just in awe,” said Garcia of how well his club performed. “I think, wow. When you think these kids are just 12 years old. It was amazing.” E-mail News Messenger Sports at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com