Fighting Zebras contend with the section playoffs

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By: Andrew Hazard News Messenger Sports Correspondent
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Lincoln High School qualified three teams for the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs and has a number of athletes advancing in the individual competition. TENNIS For the first time in a decade, the Fighting Zebras made the postseason as a team by finishing second in the Pioneer Valley League. Lincoln went on the road to defeat the Southern League?s No. 1 seed Ripon Christian 5-4. However, it was a different story on Monday against the Trans Valley League?s No. 1 seed Escalon. The Cougars eliminated the Zebras 9-0. The information was not yet available as to individual play scheduled to be played at Oak Park in Stockton. BASEBALL Pioneer Valley League Standings Team W L Pct GB Lincoln 9 4 .692 - Placer 8 5 .615 1 Colfax 7 6 .583 2 Center 7 6 .583 2 Two games remain as of Tuesday Lincoln was scheduled to play at Colfax Tuesday and close out the regular season at home against the Falcons Thursday. The Zebras lost its first match-up against the Falcons 4-3 on April 21. The boys in blue will look to some key players to step up. Sophomore Jake Sola leads the team batting .418 with 33 hits and 25 runs batted in. Sola also hits the long ball. Freshman Isaiah Garcia has 16 runs and 16 RBI; senior Trent Parks has 26 hits and seven doubles. Senior Jordan Albarron has been Lincoln?s top pitcher with a 1.35 earned-run average and 38 strikeouts this season. Sola has a 3.64 ERA with 26 Ks. It?s likely these two will start in the Zebras? final two games with Jake Gomez, James Pallas and Joey Valdez in the bullpen. GOLF After putting himself in contention with a birdie on 17, Lincoln?s Trever Wilson appeared headed for the section Masters. But when his par putt on 18 failed to drop at the Flyer?s Club in Woodland Monday, he missed out by one stroke. Wilson finished with a 76; a 75 would have put him in the mix. Teammates Kenny Bills (81) and Matt Shirley (85) also failed to qualify. Still, it was a great season for head coach Brett Lewis and his 2012 Fighting Zebras. SOFTBALL Pioneer Valley League Standings Team W L Pct GB Bear River 8 1 .889 - Placer 7 2 .778 1 Center 5 4 .556 3 Lincoln 4 5 .444 4 After a tough 7-5 loss to Placer the Fighting Zebras slipped into fourth place, a game behind Center. Lincoln?s final game is at Colfax and the Falcons have struggled. Center must host No. 1 Bear River in its season finale. If the Cougars lose and Lincoln wins it?s a tossup. The teams split in head-to-head competition with identical margins of victory ? eight. The Zebras? playoff hopes could be riding on their game at Colfax.