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Lincoln softball looks to repeat championship

More speed than last year
By: Staff Report
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The Lincoln High softball team went on the road to test their skills against some pretty good competition this past week and the Fighting Zebras coaches liked what they saw. Coming off a Pioneer Valley League championship in 2011, the Zebras went up against Elk Grove, Roseville, St. Francis, Ripon, and El Camino. The club split as far as scoring was concerned, but the scrimmages were used to assess team strength and player’s positions. “I use the scrimmages to move players around and try different lineups in the defense and in batting order,” said Lincoln head coach Donna Tofft. “We have more speed than last year overall and we like the potential of the bats. We’re very excited.” The Zebras finished the season 9-1 in league last year and 16-11 overall. The team advanced to the third round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs before bowing to Rodriguez High School. The girls in blue play at home today against Marysville and then embark on an extended preseason road trip. Lincoln High School 2012 Softball Lineup 1 Kaylee Avilla So SS/2B 2 Ashleigh Stidman Sr OF 3 Avery Little Fr P/OF 4 Lacy Lewis Sr OF 5 Courtney Jones Jr C/OF 6 Kelsey Pipkins So OF/C 7 Alexis Bleichwehl Fr 2B/OF 8 Kelsey Combs Sr OF 9 Abi Lund Jr SS/2B 10 Halle Esparza Fr 3B/C 11 Rachel Dal Porto Fr 3B/1B 12 Miranda Schroeder Sr P/1B 13 Marissa Armstrong Fr C/OF 14 Justina Thompson Fr 1B/OF 15 Kirstie MacQueen Sr 1B/3B Coaches: Donna Tofft/Betty Zamora Managers: Kory Kessenger/Taylor Williams Junior Varsity 1 Sydney Flores Fr 2 Madison Reuer So 3 Maryn Sanders Fr 3 Becca Thich Fr 4 Noelle Rodriguez Fr 5 Ericka McCracken So 6 Shelby Nelson So 7 Ashley Suel So 8 Samantha Mejia Fr 9 Faith Halbert So 10 Madison Deschamps Fr 10 Samantha Wyatt Fr 11 Kendra Honeycutt So 12 Alyssa Rodriguez Fr 13 Alyssa Moss So 14 Caitlin Brekke Fr 15 Shye Mosier Fr Coaches: John Moran/Dar Williams/Sara Wetteland Scorekeeper: Sydney Wilkerson