Zebras overwhelm Cougars; improve to 8-1 in Pioneer Valley League

Sola, Garcia, Palas hammer Center pitching
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Lincoln News Messenger
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The Lincoln High baseball team came to Wednesday's Pioneer Valley League game against visiting Center sent a message as the club rolled to a 19-4 win.

The win kept the Zebras (8-1) on pace with Colfax (8-0) as the season draws into May.

The Zebras wasted no time in putting up the first runs of the game as Jake Sola, Chris Rodriguez, and James Palas each drove in runs with base hits in the first inning.

Lincoln was relentless in the second inning, sending up 18 batters and scoring 13 runs before three outs were recorded.

Sola, Palas, and Isaiah Garcia each had two hits in the inning and contributed 10 runs batted in as a trio. As a whole, the team hit seven extra-base hits, a single, and drew five base-on-balls.

If not for a strong wind to right field, Sola's double in the third inning may have been a home run, thus giving the first baseman a hitting cycle. Nevertheless he ended his afternoon with a 4-for-4 performance, four RBI, and two runs scored.

Garcia played exceptional; the shortstop was a perfect 4-for-4 with five RBI and four runs scored. Garcia's biggest hit came in the second inning when his double to the fence scored three runs.

Palas ended the game with a 3-for-4 performance with five RBI and a run scored.

Lincoln will look to keep their PVL title hopes alive as the team heads to Foothill Friday (April 19). The last time the two teams met, Lincoln won by a score of 14-2.

Read the full story of Lincoln's big win over Center in the April 25 publication of the Lincoln News Messenger.