Lincoln baseball absorbs three losses in Easter Tournament
If a 10-game win streak was cause for concern the Lincoln High baseball team put that behind them with three losses in the Easter Tournament over spring break.
Going undefeated in baseball is akin to thinking one could become wealthy by not paying his or her bills. Eventually, the devil will demand his due.
“The first two games of the tournament set the tone for us,” said Lincoln baseball head coach Troy Petersen. “We lost to a very good Roseville team by two runs and we lost to El Camino by two runs. We lost to a couple of very strong teams.”
Petersen said some defensive errors led to the defeats but that the Fighting Zebras did not give up in either one.
Ponderosa was perhaps the real wakeup call by taking a 14-4 decision in the final game of the tournament played at Bella Vista High School. Lincoln tried to mount a comeback scoring three runs in the bottom halves of the fifth and sixth innings but wasn’t able to push the game to a seventh inning.
The Zebras’ Chris Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a double; he drove in two runs and scored two. Isaiah Garcia also doubled and scored and Kody Kencke added a run. Jordan Stone, Julio Martinez and James Pallas each had a single.
Pallas and Hunter Bruce provided the pitching but Pondo’s bats were just too hot. Bruce took the loss.
Petersen said the loss against the Bruins had a lot to do with a negative mindset brought on by the Zebras’ first two defeats.
UNION MINE _ In game three, Lincoln shook off having their unbeaten streak broken to bury the Diamondbacks 13-6 at Bella Vista.
The Zebras’ Jake Sola was 5-5 with two runs batted in and he scored three times. The junior’s hits included a triple. The tournament put an end to any notion the .489 hitter was in a slump.
“I don’t think he was in a slump at all,” Petersen said of Sola’s slow start. “He hit the ball hard and he hit it right at people. As we’ve come into the season he’s getting more at-bats and he’s feeling comfortable with what he’s doing.”
Also getting hits were Rodriguez (2), Martinez (2), Garcia and Pallas. Rodriguez and Martinez had three RBI apiece.
Martinez picked up the win with Ben Lewis coming on in relief. The two combined for six strikeouts.
EL CAMINO _ The Eagles pushed across runs in the sixth and seventh innings to slip by the boys in blue 6-4 at Roseville High School.
Sola sent one into the bleachers to drive in two runs but his was the only extra-base hit.
Rodriguez had three hits, Garcia two and Kencke and Martinez each singled. Kencke also had an RBI.
The loss went to Sola with Pallas and Garcia combining for three innings of work.
ROSEVILLE _ The Tigers ended the Zebras’ win streak at 10 with a 4-2 victory on their home diamond.
Lincoln took a one-run lead in the bottom of the fourth but couldn’t keep it as Roseville picked up three in the fifth for the winning runs.
Ethan Liddle was 3-4 and Pallas 2-4. Pallas had a double as did Rodriguez.
Liddle pitched for 4 1/3 inning and Rodriguez threw for 1 2/3s inning.
The Zebras (11-3, 4-0) reopened Pioneer Valley League play Wednesday against Colfax, also 4-0 and 8-4 overall.
PVL _ Lincoln (4-0, 11-3), Colfax (4-0, 8-4), Bear River (2-2, 7-7), Center (1-3, 5-8), Placer (1-3, 5-11), Foothill (0-4, 4-11).
Schedule _ April 5, Bear River, April 10, at Bear River, April 12, at Center.
Baseball Easter Tournament
April 25-27, Roseville, Bella Vista
Ponderosa 14, Lincoln 4
Lincoln 13, Union Mine 6
El Camino 6, Lincoln 4
Roseville 4, Lincoln 2
Garcia 3-11, 3r, 2b, 1bi, Pallas 4-15, 2r, 2-2b, 3bi, Kencke 2-15, 2r, 1bi, Rodriguez 8-12, 5r, 2-2b, 3bi, Martinez 5-12, 1r, 2b, 5bi, Stone 1-3, 1r, Sola 6-14, 4r, 2b, HR, 5bi.
Garcia 2ip, 1h, 2k, Pallas 3 2/3ip, 4h, 2bb, 3er, 2k, Rodriguez 1 2/3ip, 3h, 2er, 1k, Liddle 4 1/3ip, 4bb, 2er, 5k, Martinez 4ip, 7h, 3bb, 4er, 2k, Sola 4ip, 7h, 4er, 2k, Lewis 3ip, 2h, 2bb, 2er, 4k.