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PREP BASEBALL

Lincoln stays perfect improving to 7-0 on the season

Center falls 9-1
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Lincoln News Messenger
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The Lincoln High varsity baseball team kept its record unblemished with a 9-1 win over visiting Center Friday.

Improving to 7-0 on the season and 2-0 in Pioneer Valley League competition, Lincoln once again used the formula of strong pitching and a high-scoring offense to seal the win.

Leadoff hitter Kody Kencke started the Zebras offense with the first pitch of the game. He blasted a triple deep into left field. By the end of the day, Kencke was only a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, with four runs scored.

Ethan Liddle, Chris Rodriguez and Jake Sola drove in a combined five runs going 8-for-11 in the middle of the Zebras' lineup.

With only two strikeouts by Lincoln batters, the Zebras' offense racked up 14 hits and four base-on-balls.

Julio Martinez grabbed the win with 5 1/3 innings of work. He allowed one earned run off four hits.

 Liddle came on in relief for Martinez and proceeded to set down seven consecutive batters to close out the game.

"They came out swinging," said Lincoln head coach Troy Petersen. "The team as a whole is really playing well together."

Read the full story and more in the March 21 publication of the Lincoln News Messenger.

LINCOLN 9, CENTER 1

Cougars  000 100 0 – 1 -1

Zebras    103 410 x – 9