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PREP BASEBALL

Lincoln bats overpower visiting Bear River 7-1

Martinez collects fifth win
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Lincoln News Messenger
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Rebounding after their first Pioneer Valley League loss to Colfax on Wednesday, the Lincoln varsity baseball team defeated Bear River 7-1 Friday.

Lincoln’s Isaiah Garcia and Ethan Liddle each hit a pair of 2-run home runs, helping Lincoln establish an early lead.

Third baseman James Pallas drove in three runners with a 2-for-3 performance.

Kody Kencke made his presence felt offensively and defensively, going 1-for-2 with two base-on-balls and a run scored. With Bear River threatening in the fourth inning, Kencke made an acrobatic leap at second base to catch what would have been a run-scoring line drive.

Shutting down the Bruins from the mound, starting pitcher Julio Martinez went six innings and collected the win. Martinez started strong, setting down Bear River’s first seven batters before giving up a base on balls in the third inning.

The senior pitcher collected four strikeouts, allowed six hits and one earned run.

“This game was so big,” said Lincoln head coach Troy Petersen. “We talked about the loss to Colfax and we felt we needed to relax and let the game come to us.”

LINCOLN 7, BEAR RIVER 1

Bruins    000 010 0 – 1

Zebras   420 010 x – 7

Read the full story of Lincoln’s win against PVL rival Bear River in the April  11 publication of the Lincoln News Messenger