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Zebras set pace in PVL races

By: Staff report
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A change in seasons has brought a change in luck at Lincoln High School. After the girls and boys basketball teams were last in the Pioneer Valley League, the baseball and softball squads are in first. Dave Foxworthy’s baseball team improved to 7-1 in the PVL with an 11-1 victory at Center on Tuesday. Junior Jordan Albarron led the Zebras (11-4 overall) by belting a home run and driving in four runs. Sophomore Ethan Liddle added three hits for Lincoln, which provided senior right-hander Sean Fox with all the runs he would need by scoring three in the first inning. Fox tossed a five-hitter. The Zebras scored four runs in the top of the sixth and Fox blanked the Cougars in the bottom of the frame to end the game in accordance with the 10-run rule. Donna Tofft’s softball team also did a number on Center, rolling to an 8-1 rout Monday in Lincoln. Senior Kacie Freymond and junior Miranda Schroeder each had two hits and two RBI for the Zebras. Two first-inning runs were more than enough for senior pitcher Nikoli Sharp, who allowed four hits and struck out seven. The Zebras are 4-0 in the PVL and 10-4 overall. They have won seven consecutive games and eight of their past nine. Sharp has also been on a roll, winning five consecutive starts after a 1-3 start. She has allowed more than five hits in just one of her five past starts, and her ERA is 0.69. Offensive support has been abundant for Lincoln’s pitchers. The Zebras are batting .349 as a team and have been led at the plate by senior Katie Emerson, who is hitting a team-high .460. Emerson also leads the team in hits (23), doubles (seven) and RBI (12). She shares the team lead for runs scored (12) with sophomore Abi Lund. Tofft has four starters who are batting higher than .400. Following Emerson are junior Ashleigh Stidman (.429), Sharp (.423) and Freymond (.415).