Zebras rout Foothill but Placer bats too hot
In the Pioneer Valley League race, the Lincoln High softball team ran into some busy bats at Placer last week and fell 12-4. However, the Fighting Zebras were able to stay in the hunt for third place as Colfax dropped a 4-3 decision to Bear River that same day.
Lincoln got nine hits against the Lady Hillmen but couldn’t make them count like Placer did.
Avery Little and Alyssa Rodriguez shared duties in the circle but neither was able to hold back Placer’s hitting. The Auburn club pounded out 14 hits; seven resulted in at least one run batted in.
Placer had two doubles, a triple and a home run in the contest.
Lincoln’s Justina Thompson was 3-4 on the day with two doubles and three RBI. Abi Lund had two hits, including a double and Marissa Armstrong also doubled. Lund and Armstrong each had an RBI.
That set the stage for a showdown with Colfax scheduled to invade the Fighting Zebras’ campus May 7.
LINCOLN 16, FOOTHILL 0
In a one-sided affair, the Zebras shut out visiting Foothill 16-0 earlier in the week.
Behind the backdrop of heavy wind, Foothill became its own worst enemy. The Mustangs committed three errors, six passed balls, three hit batters and allowed 10 base-on-balls.
Alexis Bleichwehl led all Zebras with three runs scored. The sophomore second baseman finished the day 1-1 with two base-on-balls.
Leadoff batter Lund went 2-4 with two runs scored and one run batted in. In the first inning, Lund led off with a double and came around to score on an error. Later in the inning, the senior shortstop walked and crossed home a second time.
Batting out of the eighth hole, Samantha Wyatt drove in a pair of runs and scored one.
In the first inning with the bases loaded, Wyatt drew a walk to score Armstrong. In the third inning, she drove in Rodriguez with a single.
In the circle for the Zebras, Little pitched a solid three innings allowing three hits and no earned runs.
In relief of Little, Rodriguez kept the shutout intact. She allowed no hits and no walks in two innings.
PVL – Bear River 8-1, Placer 7-2, Lincoln 5-5, Colfax 5-5, Center 2-7, Foothill 0-9.