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Lincoln All Stars sweep Sierra Foothills

Majors District 11 Championship goes to Lincoln Little League
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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Nevada City _ The Lincoln Majors Alls Stars quickly erased Sierra Foothills’ 1-0 lead in the first inning and went on to capture the District 11 Area 1 and Area 2 Majors All Stars Championship, 13-3, Tuesday night. “(Sierra Foothills) went up 1-0 and loaded the bases in the first inning,” said Lincoln Manager Ray Garcia in a post-game interview. “Then Zach Lowe pitched his way out of trouble.” Ray Garcia said Sierra Foothills’ lead dissolved when Eli Garcia hit a solo home run to the opposite field in the second inning and Lincoln’s spirits quickly changed. Lowe threw for three innings before turning the mound over to Issac Adams, who slammed the door on any Area 2 hopes of a comeback. Lincoln’s Alex Isola then sealed the came with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. That put the score at 13-3 and ended the game on the 10-run rule. The Lincoln All Stars now prepare for the Section 4 tournament to be played at the Lincoln Little League Field, McBean Park, this Saturday through Monday. LINCOLN 12, SIERRA FOOTHILLS 1 _ The Lincoln Majors All Stars earned the first leg of their District 11 championship series with steady hitting and superb pitching and defense. Area 2 Sierra Foothills’ lead-off batter scored his club’s only run in the first inning, and it was lights-out from there. Lincoln pitcher Dylan Munch then went a full five innings garnering seven strikeouts against one hit and two base-on-balls. “I came in pretty confident because we haven’t lost a game yet,” said Munch after the victory. “With two strikes I started throwing the curve ball trying to get outs quicker.” The outs came rapidly, as did the runs. Lincoln’s Alex Rose opened the game with a triple, and scored on Alex Garcia’s sacrifice fly to centerfield. Munch also tripled his first time and bat, and was driven in on David Malaney’s double. After that, the game was pretty much over. The other highlight came in the second inning when Ruben Sanabia blasted his first home run of the year hitting a solo shot to left field. “It was just a fast ball,” said Sanabia in describing the pitch he drove out of the park. “It was my first (home run).” Sierra Foothills held its own until the fourth inning when Lincoln broke things open with a 6-run rally. Area 2’s starting pitcher began to lose control; after getting two outs, he hit Alex Isola with a pitch and walked the next two batters. Seth Chapple then singled in two runs and the parade to home plate was under way. The game was called after five innings when the umpires invoked the 10-run rule. Lincoln 11 16 1x-12 S Foothills 10 00 0x-1 Lincoln ab r h bi A Rose 2 2 1 0 E Garcia 3 2 2 1 A Isola 1 0 0 1 D Munch 2 2 1 0 D Malaney 2 1 1 1 S Chapple 2 0 1 1 R Sanabia 2 2 2 1 R Higgins 1 1 0 0 I Adams 1 1 0 0 Z Lowe 3 1 2 2 Totals 18 12 10 7 LOB, Lincoln 6, SF 1. 2B_ Malaney (1), Lowe (1), Garcia (1). 3B_ Rose (1), Munch (1), Garcia (1). HR _ Sanabia (1). News Messenger sports can be e-mailed at jiml@goldcountrymedia.com