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By Rob LeRoy
Thursday’s JV softball game finished a lot closer than the Zebras wanted, but they were still able to pull out the win over the visiting Bear River Bruins 4-3.
It took three innings before either team’s offense got going and Lincoln started things off with singles from Florida Grand and Shelby Young. They would both later cross the plate on a single by Carleigh Walsh putting the Zebras up 2-0 after three.
In the fifth inning, Sophia Ireland led off with a single and would be moved over on a ground out by Grand. Young then smacked a double scoring Ireland and giving Lincoln a 3-0 lead. Young scored shortly after on a single by Sophia Schrader as the Zebras stretched their lead to 4-0.
“Florida (Grand), Shelby (Young) and Sophia (Ireland) get on base. They are a little ahead of the game and they get on base and cause problems for the other teams.” Coach John Moran told The Beacon.
Bear River’s bats came to life in the sixth inning as Hailey Arnold-Jolly gave up a lead off single. Three more singles followed resulting in two runs for the Bruins before the inning ended on a pop fly to Grand.
Lincoln was unable to cushion their lead in the bottom of the inning as the top of the order went down 1-2-3 leaving the door open for a Bruin comeback.
The slim 4-2 margin did indeed keep Zebra fans on their toes in the seventh as Bear River didn’t go down without a fight.
With two outs, the Bruins got a base hit with the runner advancing on an error. The next batter hit an RBI single and became the potentially tying run. But Bear River’s next batter lined a shot to Lincoln’s shortstop, Sophia Ireland, whose diving catch ended the rally and sealed the victory for Lincoln.
“That kid has been doing that all year,” Moran exclaimed about Ireland’s catch.
“The last two games Hailey’s (Arnold-Jolly) pitching has been unbelievable,” Moran added to finish his thoughts on the game.
The Zebras remain undefeated in league and earned at least share of the Pioneer Valley League title. Lincoln’s final game of the season is tomorrow at home against Placer.