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PREP BASEBALL

Zebras blank El Dorado to stay undefeated

Defense, offense superb
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Lincoln News Messenger
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Behind five shutout innings and a 12-hit performance, the Lincoln High baseball team kept their record spotless. The Fighting Zebras improved to 4-0 with a 10-0 win over El Dorado last Thursday.

Julio Martinez started and finished the game for the Zebras, allowing three hits and striking out four. With a tight strike zone, El Dorado’s best offensive threat was drawing four base-on-balls from the senior starter.

But as the day turned out to be all Zebras, the defense bailed out Martinez by turning two double plays and senior catcher Marcus Warfield caught a runner trying to advance to end the second inning.

Lincoln’s offense jumped out to an early lead as Jake Sola doubled in Isaiah Garcia, and Chris Rodriguez brought in Ethan Liddle on a sacrifice fly.

An inning later, the Zebras’ offense was a home-run shy of hitting for the cycle and pushed ahead with four-straight hits to start the second inning. Jordan Stone doubled to start the inning and Dane Stimbert drove him in on a single.

Providing power from the leadoff spot, Kody Kencke tripled to right field. He scored the final run of the inning on a Garcia infield single.

With El Dorado unable to muster an answer for the Zebras’ offense, Lincoln pulled away in the fourth inning scoring five runs.

With Liddle on second base, Rodriguez dug in for the biggest hit of the night. Off relief pitcher Zachary Taylor, the senior outfielder launched a hard-hit ball over the left field fence for a two-run home run.

“It was a complete game today,” said Lincoln head coach Troy Petersen. “It had a beginning, middle and end … I think we have (the team) ready for league coming next week.”

Garcia, who led the Zebras with a three-hit performance, including a lead-off triple in the fourth inning, spoke after the game about Lincoln’s stout offensive performance.

“We’re improving a lot, every day, and every practice,” said Garcia. “We’re just getting ourselves ready and preparing for league.”

LINCOLN 10, EL DORADO 0

Cougars          000 00x x – 0

Zebras            230 5xx x – 10

 

TEAM LEADERS

LHS – Garcia 3-4, 2r, 1bi, Rodriguez 1-3, 1r, 3bi, Stone 2-3, 2r, Stimbert 2-2, 1r, 2b, Kencke 2-4, 1r, 2bi.