Lincoln JV baseball undefeated in league play
Placer’s and Bear River’s junior varsity squads are the only Pioneer Valley League teams to have threatened Lincoln High’s JV baseball team in league play this season. The two came within a run in their first meetings but couldn’t get the job done.
The Hillmen (7-2) will return for a rematch Friday in Lincoln.
In their last meeting, the Zebras quelled a Placer rally in the bottom half of the seventh for the one-run victory. Ironically, Lincoln out-hit the Hillmen 11-3 but committed nine errors in the contest.
Since that game, Lincoln JV coach Michael Fleming was able to drastically reduce the average number of errors they commit per game to just over two.
After the Bruins rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh April 5, the Zebras came back for five in the bottom half of the inning to claim the win.
After those two games, the club has had a pretty easy go of it defeating Foothill and Center by a combined total of 54-11 in the last four games. The Zebras also sandwiched a 16-2 victory over Whitney April 16.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME – In Lincoln’s last game against Foothill, P.J. Manley and Eli Garcia both were 5-for-5 at the plate to drive in two runs apiece.
Against Center, April 17, Matthew Contreras hit an in-the-park grand slam home run and also held the Cougars to two hits while on the mound in the 16-1 victory.
Anthony Herrera and Angelo Bonino earned the honor in the April 12 victory over Center. Herrera came on in relief to preserve the 5-3 victory and Bonino had two hits and was perfect in the field.
Against Foothill April 8, Craig Schmich was 3-3 and drove in two runs in the 14-4 triumph.
In their win over Placer, Samuel Russell got the nod with two hits and two runs batted in.
Rounding out Lincoln’s roster is Zack Lowe, Ryan Buhler, Robby Higgins, Jon Kokkonen, Steven Blethen, Ruben Sanabia, Isaac Webb, Daniel Leyva and Brandon Bagwell.