Lincoln’s Senior all-stars lose in District 11 finals

Kane hits clutch homer in win over Grass Valley
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln Little League’s Senior all-stars were defeated 17-3 by Rocklin in Monday night’s District 11 championship game in Rocklin. Lincoln would have had to beat Rocklin twice to earn the title as it had one loss going in and Rocklin was undefeated in all-star competition. The game was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. With the win, Rocklin advances to the Section 4 tournament that opens Saturday at American River College. Only three Senior teams participated in the District 11 tournament (Lincoln, Rocklin, Grass Valley). “Everything drops off after Majors (age 12) really,” said Lincoln Senior manager Troy Chubon, about why there are so few teams in the Senior division. “Guys are playing more year-round or just not playing baseball. After (age) 12 they decide to do other things or other sports.” Lincoln, which lost to Grass Valley 16-6 in the tournament opener, defeated Grass Valley 11-9 on Saturday to advance to the finals. “We played better and didn’t make as many mistakes,” Chubon said while comparing the two games against Grass Valley. “We practiced batting and actually hit the ball this time around. And we hit a couple of homers.” Alex Kane and Trevor Parker homered for Lincoln in the victory, both two-run shots. Kane’s broke a 9-9 tie with one out in the top of the ninth inning. Austin Dillhyon threw the first five innings (six runs) while Josh Hunt pitched the final four for Lincoln (three runs). Both had good control throughout their time on the mound. “I was proud of them – they pulled it together,” said Chubon of his squad’s performance on Saturday. Lincoln was playing with just 10 players for the final two games as four players (Joshua Hengel, Mike Holt, Jeffrey Jackson and Austin Pleich) were on vacation. “It’s a littler harder subbing when kids get tired and stuff,” said Chubon about being shorthanded. “If somebody is not having a good day, you can’t sub because there is only one other kid on the bench.” The rest of the Lincoln roster included Daniel Stanley, Sohrahb Aulakh, Travis Bakken, Kody Bradley, Nick Caster and Matt Flynn. Stanley hit a two-run homer in Monday’s loss to Rocklin. “Rocklin is by far a better team . . . and they had 16 kids and we had 10,” Chubon said. “It was a great team effort,” Rocklin manager Barry Moller said.