Zebras qualify baker's dozen for section trials

Softball misses playoffs
By: Andrew Hazard News Messenger Sports Correspondent
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Lincoln High School earned a third-place tie in the Pioneer Valley League for softball but failed to make the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs while the track and field team advanced 13 athletes to the Division II-III section trials. Track and Field Lincoln?s track and field team had a rough go of it in the league finals at Colfax High School on May 11. The boys squad finished fifth (36 points), the girls ended up sixth (26) and the JV team was fifth, also (62). Sophomore Liam Hao took third (11.78) and senior John Soto sixth (11.94) in the 100-meter final. Freshman Harrison Stewart finished fourth (12.51) in the freshman/sophomore 100m. Sophomore Marcus Harris was third (56.51) in the 400-meter final. Sophomore Katie Mercier came in fourth (14:44.65) in the 3200m. Hao, Leo Calderon, Zachary Evans and Miguel Franco qualified in the 4x400 relay (3:42.64). Lupe Calixto, Kali Federwisch, Christa Kittle and Kayla McKnight qualified for sections in the 4x100 relay (55.12). Sophomore Dylan Toerpe earned bronze in the frosh/soph 1600m. Toerpe was second (12.23.98) in the 3200m with Anthony Josiss coming in third (12:23.98). Toerpe also won the pole vault (10-06). Juniors Kelsi Snook (9-0) and Savannah Berkley (8-6) took second and third respectively in the varsity pole vault. Senior Stephen Hay earned silver (16.06) in the varsity boys 110m hurdles. Hay did not qualify in the 300m hurdles. Sophomore Josh Myers threw the discus 121 feet in the discus and cleared 5-8 in the high jump to qualify for sections in both. Harris, Stewart, Matt Moss and Peter Phouluang finished third (49.31) in the freshman/sophomore 4x100 relay final. Softball After an exciting 2010-11 season that included a trip to the postseason, the Lincoln varsity softball team?s 2011-12 season ended earlier than expected. The team was 5-5 in league and 9-12-1 overall. The Fighting Zebras finished the season tied for third in the PVL with Center High School but the Cougars were given the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. It was not reported as to how the determination was made. The future should be bright for Lincoln softball since 10 of the 15 girls on the roster are expected to return for the 2012-13 season. Junior Abi Lund (.300 batting average, 15 runs batted in, 13 runs scored and two home runs) and junior catcher Courtney Jones (.298 BA, 10 RBI and 10 runs) are both expected to return. Jones and Lund will have to fill the void of graduating seniors Lacey Lewis (.333 BA, nine runs and two RBI), Kirstie Macqueen (.314 BA, seven RBI and four runs scored), Miranda Schroeder (.368 BA, 11 runs and six RBI) and Ashleigh Stidman (.423 BA, 18 runs, 13 RBI and nine stolen bases). Schroeder (9-9) was also the team?s leader in the circle. In 98.1 innings of work, Schroeder had a 3.06 earned-run average, gave up 43 earned runs (77 runs overall), struck out 49 batters and walked 31. Freshman Avery Little (1-2, one save) will likely become the ace of the 2012-13 squad. Little recorded 12 strikeouts and walked eight batters with an ERA of 4.38 in 40 innings of work this season. Lincoln might have some rebuilding to do, but the Fighting Zebras have enough talent to return to their winning way of the 2011 season. Pioneer Valley League Track and Field Finals Lincoln Qualifiers for Sections BOYS Liam Hao ? 100m, 4x400 relay Stephen Hay ? 110m hurdles, pole vault Josh Myers ? discus, high jump Miguel Franco ? 4x400 relay Leo Calderon ? 4x400 relay Zachary Evans ? 4x400 relay GIRLS Katy Mercier ? 3200m Lupe Calixto ? 4x100m relay Christa Kittle ? 4x100m relay Kali Federwisch ? 4x100m relay Kayla McKnight ? 4x100m relay Kelsi Snook ? pole vault Savannah Berkley ? pole vault