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Lincoln Hills to battle City of Lincoln in softball Saturday

By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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City of Lincoln employees will battle a Lincoln Hills senior softball team on Saturday in the seventh annual, July 4 event at Del Webb Field in Lincoln Hills. Lincoln Hills leads the series 4-2 but the City of Lincoln won 10-9 last year. Each game has been decided by three runs or less. The game will begin at 1 p.m. There will be three senior softball games earlier in the day as well, involving Lincoln Hills senior softball organizations (Coyotes, Classics, Sun Eagles). Those games will begin at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. It is free to attend Saturday’s games and parking will be available on the street. Food and drinks will be sold. Montie Bohtwright is the manager of the Lincoln Hills team that will take on the City of Lincoln. The team is made up of 15 managers from the senior softball recreation teams and two board members. “It’s not an all-star team by any means. There are 10 good players, four average players and three terrible players.” said Bohtwright, laughing. “It is a fun day and it will be competitive.” He was not too upset about the loss last year as Bohtwright says that is not what this event is about. “It’s more of a camaraderie thing and we go out there with the anticipation of having a good time,” he said. “It’s more of a community event. I think the interaction with the City of Lincoln, the camaraderie and the all the fellowship - it’s one of those things that honestly is good public relations for all of us. It will be a really fun day. The usual attendance on that day is between 500 and 700 people for the final game.” Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short will not play in the game but he plans on being there. “It’s a good time. It’s a pretty fun and competitive event and (the Lincoln Hills players) are tough and competitive and it’s always fun to break up the events during the day,” Short said. “We have our parade downtown and the fireworks celebration at the park and the softball.” There will be two Lincoln Hills senior softball all-star games Friday, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Both teams were selected by their peers.