Zebras rally past BR; extend PVL win skein to 29 straight games
The Lincoln Zebras’ baseball team is making sure that it is doing the best it can to bid farewell to the Pioneer Valley League in a big way.
Lincoln, riding a 29-game PVL win skein that dates back to the 2016 season, did it again Thursday as the Zebras teased Bear River into a 3-0 lead before roaring back with one of their patented big innings for a 11-7 victory over the Bruins.
The win upped Lincoln’s PVL record this season to 13-0. Overall, the Zebras, who have wrapped up the outright league crown, are now 21-3. Remarkably, the Zebras, who will move to the Foothill Valley League next season, have won 55 of their last 58 PVL games.
“This is one of the most athletic teams I’ve had on the field,” Lincoln coach Graylon Duncan told the Lincoln News Messenger. “Our defense is solid. We’re super athletic and our pitching staff is good.”
On the team’s success, Duncan deflected kudos the team and his coaching staff.
“Like always, my coaching staff, they put in the extra hours and the work,” said Duncan. “I get to take all the glory but they are the ones who really put in the drive and help me out a lot. I appreciate that.”
In Thursday’s win, the Zebras trailed the Bruins 3-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning but erupted with a big seven-run inning. Jared Palmyra keyed the Zebras going 3x4 with a pair of doubles and three runs batted in. Connor Manley added a 2x3 game while Zach Eutsey worked the first four innings for the mound win
Bear River ( 11-13, 7-6) was led by Jake Rogers who was 2x3 with a double and two RBI. Jake Leonard and Colton Jenkins also paired raps.
Placer 11 Colfax 0 – Two teams going in different directions met at James Field Thursday and the Hillmen, who banged out 17 base hits – 16 of them singles – proved too much for the Falcons.
Placer (12-9, 8-5) built an early 3-0 lead after two frames and then used a five-run fourth inning to break the game open. Travis Warren, Peyton Stumbo and Matt Corkery all paired raps for the Hillmen while Josh Marcione added a double.
Starting pitcher Hugh Hanson worked the first four innngs for the win. He teamed with Marcione and Marc Sassarini to collar the Falcons on just six hits.
Colfax (13-9, 6-7), which dropped its third straight game, received doubles from Dakota Redfern and Mike LaVigne. The Falcons have been outscored 16-1 over their last three outings. Colfax needs to win one of two games with Foothill next week to cinch a playoff berth.
Del Oro 2 Rocklin 1 – The Golden Eagles received another strong pitching effort to take over the Sierra Foothill League lead. Now winners in eighth straight SFL games, the Golden Eagles used a steady mpund showing from Cody Oldwin (5 IP, 7 hits) and Blake Rainey (2 IP, 0 hits) to stymie the Thunder.
Del Oro, (11-11, 10-4) received RBI base hits from Garrett Glynn and Casey Oldwin for the difference in the game. Zach Thomas and Emani Jones both added doubles.
Woodland Christian 14 Foresthill 0 – An eight-run third inning by the visiting Cardinal doomed Foresthill in its bid to tie up the Central Valley California League standings. Foresthill (14-5, 9-3) was limited to just two hits by Woodland Christian hurlers Dominic Avila and Pat Lutz. Nick Lechner and Justin Leyba both singled for the Wildfires.