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Lincoln Hills Softball rolls through tourneys

By: Bob Hunter special to The News Messenger
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Cutline: The Lincoln Hills 70s Softball Team (back row) Gym Mikaelsen, Jim Haworth, Larry Manley, Ed Sorensen, Tuck Halsey, John Parks , Bob Napoli, George Bungarz, Pete Savoia, John Wible; (front) Wally Etterbeek, Jim Sandin, Bob Hunter, Frank Pulino, Forrest Burkett, Rowan Carlson (courtesy) The Lincoln Hills Coyotes 70s won their third-straight softball tournament this past weekend finishing with a 5-0 record. The seniors team won the tournament on a “nail-bitter” finish against a 65s team out of Nevada. It took two extra innings, but the Coyotes prevailed. The club had four players hitting .800 or better as they outscored their opponents on a run-total of 105-79. Larry Manley led the hit parade batting .858, John Wible followed with an .833, Jim Sandin hit .818, and Frank Pulino averaged an even .800. Also stepping up to the plate was Gym Mikaelsen who hit .750 overall, with two home runs and four doubles. The entire team averaged .708. Mikaelsen led in slugging percentage at 1.375, an Wible recorded 1.278, with 14 runs-batted-in; Manley and Sandin were at an even 1.000. Reno _ High winds and cold temperatures couldn’t keep the Coyotes from again capturing the Rock ‘N Reno Tournament and going undefeated in the two-week shootout. The tournament featured 217 teams coming in from all over the country. The club hit .714 and slugged 1.005; that coupled with a stellar defense and outstanding pitching from Manley (three wins), and Sandin (two wins) helped make it two R ‘N R Championships in a row. The LH offense was led by Forrest Burkett, who hit two homers, two triples, and hit for the cycle in the final game. Burkett’s batting average was an amazing .944, with a 1.556 slugging percentage. Pete Savoia hit .895 and slugged 1.105, John Parks came in at .850 and 1.050, and Manley hit .846 and 1.000. Folsom _ The Coyotes’ three-tournament sweep began in May when the club dropped only one of four contests on their way to victory. Mikaelsen crushed two home runs and four triples to bat .875, and slug 1.938. Savoia also had two round-trippers while hitting at an .800 clip and slugging 1.267. Sterling defense also help the locals pull out the win.