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PREP SPORTS

Lincoln scores 32 runs in last two victories

Zebras regaining momentum
By: Joshua Gutierrez/News Messenger Correspondent
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After scoring 19 at home against Center, the Lincoln High baseball team went calling on Foothill and hobbled the Mustangs 13-2 in last week’s Pioneer Valley League games.

Isaiah Garcia had four hits, including two doubles and scored five runs. Ethan Liddle launched one into the Foothill cheap seats while Chris Rodriguez went 3-for-4. Liddle also had a double.

The Fighting Zebras had 16 hits and 11 RBI in all.

Sharing the pitching duties were Liddle (2 innings), Julio Martinez (3 innings) and Jake Sola (2 innings). They combined to give up five hits, one base-on-balls and strike out 12.

CENTER _ In one of Lincoln’s finest offensive performances, the Zebras trampled rival Center 19-4 April 17.

The Fighting Zebras had a total of 14 hits and seven base-on-balls in four innings of work.

Lincoln did the bulk of their damage in the second inning, sending up 18 batters and scoring 13 runs before Center was able to record three outs.

Garcia and James Pallas did most of the damage in that second inning, hitting four doubles and driving in eight runs combined. The duo each finished the day with a team-leading 11 runs batted in and scored five runs between them.

Garcia, Sola, Liddle, Rodriguez and Ben Lewis each scored two runs in the second inning.

Center pulled their starting pitcher after 1 1/3 innings after he gave up nine earned runs. The Cougars’ relief pitcher was tagged for five runs before taking a seat and two more hurlers were brought in before the five-inning game was called.

Sola’s 4-for-4 performance came up a few feet shy of a cycle. Needing a home run in the third inning to complete the rare feat, a stiff wind rejected the well-hit ball into giving him his second double of the game.

After the game, the hard-hitting junior spoke about his team’s performance.

“Well it’s a confidence booster,” said Sola, as to the team’s offensive performance. “Confidence is a big thing for us. We can get down, but when we have stuff rolling and when we start clicking as a unit, it’s a scary thing.”

Lincoln head coach Troy Petersen reiterated his first baseman’s message but cautioned there would be a need to improve as the PVL schedule draws to a close.

“We hit the ball well. Everyone hit the ball well,” said Petersen. “But we still had some errors today. We need to close that gap. We cannot have those errors against better equipped teams. We need to get our errors out of the way and fix that.”

PVL – Colfax 10-0, Lincoln 9-1, Placer 4-6, Bear River 4-6, Center 2-8, Foothill 1-9.

Schedule – Placer, April 26, at Placer May 1, at Colfax May 3.