Zebras’ baseball improves to 3-0 in league

Lincoln bats ring loud
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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The Lincoln High baseball team is giving head coach Troy Peterson just about everything he could want as the Fighting Zebras improved to 3-0 in the Pioneer Valley League. The boys in blue are sitting at the top of the standings a full game ahead of Colfax. Lincoln took a little time off from league play to trounce Casa Roble 11-4, Monday, and then returned to PVL action, Tuesday, at Placer. Colfax (2-1, scheduled to play Bear River, Tuesday) comes to town this afternoon, game time 4 p.m. Peterson said his team was hitting well and the statistics bear that out. “We hit the ball well (Thursday). We started off slow but we hit well and in clutch situations,” said Peterson after the Foothill game won 12-2 in six innings. “The bottom of the lineup started it for us and the top came through after that.” In Lincoln’s three league games – Center, 13-3, Bear River 5-4, and Foothill – James Palles hit four doubles and drove in five runs while batting a cool .636. The third baseman, a junior, was named Player of the Week for the Zebras. The Zebras have some solid seniors on the club, including pitcher and football quarterback Jake Gomez, but the team is relatively young. Jake Sola, a sophomore, pitched the entire game against the Mustangs and gave up just three hits. Not only that, he hit a two-run shot out of the park to help his cause. “I threw my change up a lot,” said Sola of his pitches. He also credited his girlfriend with helping to calm him down before the game. “Just getting ahead (of the batter) with my fastball, change-up; it was a good defensive day,” Sola added in reference to his team committing only one error in the contest. Sola said hitting was the focus of the club. He said it was the team’s weak point last year so the players have been working hard on their swings. The team is batting .369 with a .510 slugging percentage. In eight games Isaiah Garcia has a batting average of .500, and Sola and Trent Parks are hitting .480. In the last 14 innings pitched, Palles, Sola and Jordan Albarron have combined for 18 strikeouts, three earned runs, seven hits and just four walks. “Jake Sola on the mound pitched an excellent game today,” Peterson said. “He had very good control of all his pitches and he hit his spots well.” Lincoln 12, Foothill 2 Foothill 0 0 0 0 0 2 – 2 Lincoln 0 8 1 0 0 3 – 12 Lincoln ab r h bi Marcus Warfield 2 2 1 0 Isaiah Garcia 2 0 0 0 James Palles 4 1 3 3 Kody Kencke 2 2 0 2 Ethan Liddle 2 1 0 0 Julio Martinez 3 1 1 1 Jordan Albarron 3 2 2 1 Jake Sola 4 2 2 4 Trent Parks 4 1 2 1 Totals 26 12 11 12 2B – Palles, Albarron. HR – Sola PITCHING Lincoln IP H R ER SO Sola 6 3 2 2 6