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PREP BASEBALL

Lincoln grabs a piece of PVL crown by defeating Colfax

Liddle pitches out of jam
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Lincoln News Messenger
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The Lincoln High varsity baseball team made it interesting to the last pitch.

Clinging to a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh, Ethan Liddle overcame a bases loaded jam with consecutive strikeouts to give Lincoln a 5-3 win over Colfax and a share of the Pioneer Valley League title Wednesday.

After dropping a game to Colfax 15-10 the week before, Lincoln needed a win to at least share the PVL title. A loss would have put them in second place.

With similar 13-2 records, Colfax and Lincoln are now co-PVL champions despite the Falcons’ 2-1 series record against the Zebras.

Colfax’s advantage in head-to-head matchup gives them the No. 1 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Playoffs. Lincoln will be No. 2.

Jake Sola started the game for the Zebras, pitching five strong innings with three strikeouts.

Liddle wrapped up the game with two innings of work. The southpaw struck out four, including Chas Reisinger to end the game.

Miles Coffee started the Zebras’ day with a run batted in single of Isaiah Garcia in the first inning. Later in the game, Coffee drove in Garcia again to pad Lincoln’s lead. The junior designated hitter went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Garcia led all Zebras with three RBI and two runs scored. The sophomore shortstop’s 2-RBI double in the fourth inning gave the Zebras the lead for good. Garcia finished his day 2-for-3.

Lincoln and Colfax matched hits with eight apiece. The big difference in the game came with men on base. The Falcons left 12 runners on base throughout the game. With runners in scoring position, Colfax was 3-for-12.

Lincoln will play Rio Americano of the Capital Athletic League at McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks in Sacramento May 16 to open the SJS D-III playoffs.

LINCOLN 5, COLFAX 3

Falcons    102 000 0 – 3

Zebras      110 300 x – 5

Read the full story of Lincoln’s PVL-title win in the May 16 publication of the Lincoln News Messenger.