Oakdale ends Lincoln’s season

Mustangs top Zebras 10-0
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln High’s varsity baseball team was knocked out in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section, Division IV playoffs by Oakdale. Oakdale topped the Zebras 10-0 at Dan McAuliffe Memorial Park near Sacramento State University on May 19. The game lasted just five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Lincoln had two hits as Marcus Maldonado went 1-for-2 and Sean Fox was 1-1 with a walk. Maldonado’s hit led off the game. Oakdale won the Valley Oak League this season while Lincoln was the No. 3 seed from the Pioneer Valley League. The Zebras finished with an overall record of 14-12. “They are very, very good,” said Lincoln co-coach Rick Foster. Oakdale (21-8 overall), which beat Rio Linda 3-2 in the second round on Saturday, is still alive in the playoffs. The Oakdale Mustangs won the section title in 2007 and 2008. Lincoln qualified for the playoffs the previous night in a one-game playoff with Placer. The Zebras won that game 14-2. “We knew it was going to be tough,” said Foster, about facing Oakdale the next night. “We scored 14 runs (the night before) but going back-to-back is pretty tough.” Austin Pleich threw all four innings for the Zebras. “He pitched well, we had some miscues (defensively) that hurt us . . . A misplayed ball and a couple of balls that could have been caught (in the outfield),” Foster said. Despite the early exit from the playoffs, Foster was proud of what the Zebras accomplished this season. “We did some very good things. These kids never quit,” Foster said. “The last two games of the regular season we got our butts kicked, by Bear River and then Placer. A lot of teams would have quit at that point . . . But these guys came out and they just kept playing,” Foster said. “They never put their heads down. Everybody shows some frustration but they kicked it out of their mind and came out and played.” Foster was the head coach of the Zebras from 2007-09 but he co-coached the team with David Foxworthy this season. Foxworthy, a teacher at Lincoln High, took over as the top man in the program prior to this season. Foster, an off-campus coach who has two other jobs, had said that this would be his last season on the Lincoln coaching staff. Now he says that he is coming back to help Foxworthy out next year. Foxworthy, who graduated from Lincoln High in 1999, was an assistant coach under Foster from 2007-09. “I have a problem if I can’t give 100 percent. I love coaching and every kid we have ever had is an outstanding kid,” Foster said. “Dave (Foxworthy) said that if I can just come out an hour late, just get there (to practice), he asked me to come back. He wanted me back. Dave is just a terrific person and everybody on that staff and at that school is just outstanding and it’s me battling my own mind with the time constraints. “My mind was made up (about not coming back) until after Dave and I had talked but I am going to come back (to help out as a coach next season).”