Lincoln High Fighting Zebras

Sports review
By: Andrew Hazard News Messenger Sports Correspondent
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BASEBALL (4-0 first-place Pioneer Valley League, 7-7 overall) Lincoln High School’s varsity baseball team lost at home against non-conference opponent Ponderosa 8-2 on April 4 to fall to 7-7 overall this season. The Fighting Zebras return to PVL play this week Bear River (1-2 PVL, 8-5 overall). The games were scheduled for Tuesday and today at Lake of the Pines. Head coach Troy Petersen said the best way to characterize his players was teamwork. He said right down to the crowd and players on the bench the excitement was palpable. “I haven’t seen them give up yet. Two of our league wins were comeback wins,” said Petersen. “They’re so loose; I haven’t seen them tense up yet. But when they need to they can bear down and do it.” Sophomore shortstop Jake Sola is going to need to have a great series for Lincoln to earn a couple of victories. Sola has the team’s highest batting average (.467), hits (21), RBIs (16) and is tied for the team’s lead in home runs (one). Junior second-baseman Kody Kencke is the Fighting Zebras’ stolen-base leader (seven) and runs-leader (17). Sola, right-hander Jordan Albarron and junior James Pallas have been Lincoln’s go-to guys on the mound so far this season. Sola leads the team in starts (three), innings pitched (13.2) and strikeouts (11), and Albarron has the lowest ERA (2.25). GOLF The Fighting Zebras are scheduled to return to action against the Cougars at Center, April 17, following spring break. SOCCER (4-0-0 and in first place PVL, 10-2-2 overall) Lincoln High School’s varsity girls soccer scored early and held on to defeat Placer 1-0 Tuesday night. The victory put the Fighting Zebras a half game ahead of Colfax. The junior varsity also defeated the Lady Hillmen 1-0 to go 4-0-0 in league. The team’s next game is today at Colfax (3-0-1 PVL, 11-1-1). The Falcons were tied by Bear River in their last game. Junior Melissa Arthurs and sophomore Alyssa Gallagher lead the team with six goals apiece. Arthurs and junior midfielders Carly Deweese and Celina Maldonado lead the team with five assists each. Gallagher also leads Lincoln with 19 points. Sophomore Abby Faingold has been the Fighting Zebras’ main goalkeeper this season. Faingold has seven shutouts, recorded 86 saves and she has only given up seven goals. SOFTBALL (1-7-1 overall) The 2012 season has started slowly for the Lincoln High School varsity softball team, but the Fighting Zebras will look to turn things around as PVL-play began Wednesday. Senior Miranda Schroeder has the team’s highest batting average (.522) and hits (12). Freshman Rachel Dal Porto and senior Ashleigh Stidman are tied for the team lead in runs scored with five. Stidman also leads the team with two stolen bases and four runs batted in. Junior Courtney Jones also has four RBIs this season. Schroeder has also been the Fighting Zebras’ ace on the mound in 2012. In 31.1 innings Schroeder has eight strikeouts, 11 walks and a 2.68 ERA. Lincoln will play Oak Ridge High School (4-8 overall) at the Nor Cal Classic in Tracy on Friday; they host Foothill (0-8 overall) on Monday, travel to Bear River (6-4 overall) on Tuesday and play at Placer (8-2 overall) Wednesday. There are still enough games left in the season for Lincoln to turn things around. TRACK AND FIELD Lincoln’s varsity track and field team is competing in the Thunder Invitational at Rocklin High School on Saturday. Lincoln’s first PVL dual meet at home is April 18 against Placer High School. TENNIS The Zebras will wrap up their regular season against Center, Foothill, Placer and Colfax. Their only home match will be against the Hillmen April 19. _Additional reporting by Jim Linsdau, News Messenger Sports Editor