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Lincoln baseball and softball working hard for 2013 campaign

Returnees strengthen rosters
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Cool but dry weather has allowed the Lincoln High baseball and softball teams to prepare well for the upcoming 2013 campaigns. That coupled with a large number of returning lettermen bodes well for successful seasons.

The softball Fighting Zebras missed the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs last season. The baseball team made it to the playoffs but was eliminated in the first round. However, both clubs should be steeped in experience.

“We have seven players that were starters coming back this year,” said Lincoln High baseball head coach Troy Petersen. “That doesn’t mean they’re starters right now; they have to earn their positions.”

That would indicate there is competition filling the Zebras’ ranks this season.

Although Lincoln softball head coach Donna Tofft was unavailable for comment, the girls in blue could return up to 10 players from last season’s roster. That lineup includes senior Abi Lund, who has signed a national letter of intent to play softball for Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY next year.

Petersen lost five seniors last year, including first baseman Trent Parks, outfielder-pitcher Jordan Albarron, and utility-relief pitcher Jake Gomez. But he has some terrific talent coming back.

Junior Jake Sola and senior Julio Martinez will return to the mound. Sola had an earned run average of 4.06 last season and Martinez 1.4. Sola was also a solid performer at the plate averaging .391 with 25 runs batted in.

Petersen said he also has returning pitchers Chris Rodrigues and left-hander Ethan Liddle. And when basketball season ends, he should get back third-baseman/pitcher James Pallas.

What Petersen hopes to avoid this season is the letdown his club suffered last year.

“We were pretty strong last year and pretty disappointed that we faded at the end,” Petersen said. “We have high hopes for this team to win some ballgames, to win enough ballgames to get us back into the postseason again.”

Lincoln finished with a 13-16 record and 9-6 in the Pioneer Valley League. The Zebras were in the PVL title hunt until late season losses to Placer and Colfax dropped them into second place.

The softball team finished league tied for third place with a 5-5 record going 2-3 in their last five games. The club’s overall record was 9-12-1.

League and section champions Bear River graduated nine players and longtime Bruins coach Duane Zauner stepped down after last season.

In baseball, PVL champion Placer bid farewell to 11 seniors, including pitcher Kevin Harcus (2.47 ERA).

Lincoln High School Baseball

2013 Preseason Schedule

Feb. 26 – Oakmont at Lincoln, 3:30 pm

Feb. 28 – Sacramento at Lincoln, 3:30 pm

Mar. 5 – Folsom at Lincoln, 3:30 pm

Mar.7 – El Dorado at Lincoln, 3 pm

Mar. 12 – Casa Roble at Lincoln, 3:30 pm

Lincoln High School Softball

2013 Preseason Schedule

Feb. 27 – at Wheatland, 3:30 pm

Mar. 1 – Marysville at Lincoln, 4 pm

Mar. 5 – Roseville at Lincoln, 4 pm

Mar. 7-9 – at Victory Tournament, TBA

Mar. 12 – Antelope at Lincoln, 4 pm

Mar. 14 – at Woodland, 4 pm

Mar. 19 – Del Campo at Lincoln, 4 pm

Mar. 21 – at Franklin, 4 pm

Apr. 5-6 – at Tracy Tournament, TBA