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LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Lincoln Majors All Stars fight back at Sections

Locals hang tough
By: Joshua Gutierrez News Messenger Correspondent
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SACRAMENTO _ On a windy afternoon, Lincoln put together a remarkable come-from-behind 12-10 win over Fair Oaks in the Section 4 Majors All Stars Tournament at Tahoe Tallac Little League Tuesday. The Lincoln players rejoiced when relief pitcher Leo Martinez closed out the game with six consecutive strikeouts ? four on called strikes. After Fair Oaks took a 9-0 lead in the first inning, Lincoln went on a five-inning comeback tear. The club recorded 17 hits, including four doubles and four home runs. Lincoln?s Greden McFarlin set the wheels rolling in the bottom of the first by driving in a run with a base hit. However, the boys in blue ended the inning with the bases loaded. Lincoln relief pitcher Justin Kraft then took control to hold Fair Oaks scoreless over the next two innings. In the third, McFarlin and Martinez both hit home runs to score four runs. Nick Pereira doubled in Preston Eklund and Hamp drove in Pereira to close the gap to 9-8. In the fourth inning, Hamp homered with James Sweet on base and Zach Eutsey?s sacrifice fly scored Ryan Graham for all the runs Lincoln would need. However, Chad Bagwell added some insurance with a solo home run in the fifth. Martinez on the mound did the rest. ?We were down nine runs,? said Martinez. ?It felt good to win.? ?The team didn?t press,? said manager Greg Borgerson. ?They got it done ? we showed resiliency.? Lincoln 16, West Sacramento 6 What should have been a game-ending home run for Lincoln against West Sacramento finally ended when the officials determined the 10-run rule had been reached Sunday. With the score 14-6, Lincoln?s James Sweet came up to bat with a runner on first base with two outs. Sweet sent a blast over the right-field fence to up the score to 16-6. By the 10-run rule, the game should have been over but it continued. Confusion ensued as Lincoln players took the field in the top of the fifth while coaches and umpires gathered around the scorekeeper?s booth. After a minute of consultation, the home plate umpire pronounced Lincoln the winner. It was an eight-run fourth inning that capped the game for Lincoln adding eight more hits to their 17 total. ? seven for extra bases. Graham had three, one a home run. Eklund went 3-for-3 and Martinez, Pereira and Charles Middleton combined to go 7-9. Section 4 Majors All Stars Tournament Tahoe Tallac Little League, Sacramento Lincoln 12, Fair Oaks 10 R H E Fair Oaks 9 0 0 1 0 0 ? 10 9 2 Lincoln 1 1 6 3 1 0 ? 12 17 2