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PREP SOFTBALL

Lincoln softball drops Highway 65 matchup with Marysville

Tribe gets 6-2 victory
By: Joshua Gutierrez/News Messenger Correspondent
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In a 6-2 loss last Friday, the Lincoln High softball team managed to tie the game midway through the contest but a late scoring surge sealed the game for visiting Marysville.

With the Lady Zebras finding themselves in an early 0-2 hole to start the season, the young core of this team showed spurts of talent throughout the course of the game.

Despite taking the loss, sophomore starting pitcher Avery Little was able to show spurts of excellent pitching. She was able to keep a potent Marysville team off track for most of the game.

Little threw 109 pitches to collect six strikeouts and allow two base-on-balls.

After allowing an early run to score on a double, Little seemed to settle into the game. She set down eight of the next nine batters who came up to the plate.

Amid that streak, Little struck out four consecutive batters in between the second and third innings and collected a total of five by streaks end.

Fellow sophomore Alexis Bleichwehl drove in both of the Zebras’ runs in the fourth inning.

 With runners on second and third , Bleichwehl hit a 1-1 offering to right field. That scored sophomores Justina Thompson and Marissa Armstrong.

But just as the momentum seemed to turn in Lincoln’s favor, the Indians scored three runs the next inning and began to clamp down defensively.

The Zebras ended the game going 1-for-10, with freshman Sienna Stone providing a thrilling triple as the only hit coming after the fourth inning.

Lincoln’s Abi Lund, the sole senior on the roster, commanded the field from behind the plate and anchored the offense batting in the No. 3 hole.

With six sophomores and two freshman penciled around Lund in the starting lineup, head coach Donna Tofft spoke of the importance of building on the confidence needed to put together a winning team.

“We’re getting better, but we’re so young. We make too many mistakes and give up extra outs throughout the game,” said Tofft. “We’ll get there. I want to play them (Marysville) at the end of the year because we’ll beat them next time.”