Momentum swings to Lincoln in Section 4

Bats come alive in semifinal
By: Jim Linsdau Gold Country Media Sports
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It appeared the Lincoln Majors All Stars might be slumping at a critical time in the Section 4 Tournament when suddenly the boys in blue again looked like the champions they area. Their bats exploded in the sixth inning to bury Land Park Pacific and set the stage for a showdown with Lakeside. Issac Adams got things started with a single and reached third base on a fielder’s choice when Land Park’s pitcher tried to force him at third. That loaded the bases for Eli Garcia who drove in two runs to break a 3-3 deadlock and give Lincoln a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, and set the stage for the night’s heroics. Lincoln’s David Malaney stepped to the plate with two men on and struck a blow that went high into the darkness above the field lights and came down on the other side of the centerfield fence. That round trip put the dagger in Land Park’s hopes and gave Lincoln a 9-3 victory and a trip to the championship bracket. “Since the season ended in Little League his bat has improved tremendously,” said Lincoln coach Paul Isola of Malaney’s third All Stars’ home run. “I don’t know if it’s because of a bigger stage, or he’s been working on it, that young man has gotten much better.” As has Lincoln’s pitching; to finish the game because of pitch-count limitations to both starter Dylan Munch, and reliever Adams, Alex Rose came into the game. Rose is not in Lincoln’s normal pitching rotation, but he proved he could be. He threw just three pitches as the defense retired the side in the bottom of the sixth to put a stamp on the win. Lincoln 6, Lakeside 8 _ After back-to-back home runs to tie the score, it appeared the game would go into extra innings until Lakeside ended the game with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Trailing 6-4, Isola and Munch went back-to-back taking the ball deep to right field for solo home runs. That tied the score with relief pitcher Lowe holding Lakeside’s bats in check. Lowe had given up only three hits, and no runs, in 3 2/3 inning when Lakeside put one over the right-field fence to end the game. Alex Isola started the game on the mound, but simply couldn’t find his stuff. He walked the first two batters he faced, and then gave up a single. Before the smoke had cleared Lakeside had put five runs on the board in the first inning. “I made a few mistakes,” Isola said after the game. “I left the ball up a little bit. I live on the low corners, when I bring it up the hitters got a hold of me.” The loss dropped Lincoln into the loser bracket where they would have to work their way back into the championship. They would have to beat Lakeside twice to claim the Section 4 title. N. Natomas 00 01 00-1 Lincoln 02 20 0x-4 Lincoln ab r h bi A Rose 3 1 1 0 A Isola 2 1 1 2 D Munch 3 1 2 1 D Malaney 3 0 2 0 T Arnold 2 1 1 0 R Sanabia 2 1 1 0 Z Lowe 2 1 1 1 Totals 17 6 9 4 LOB, NN 3, Lincoln 4. 2B_ Malaney (1), Lowe (1). HR _ Isola (1), Munch (1). North Natomas 1, Lincoln 4 _ The local All Stars exercised some solid defense to turn back their opponents in the forth inning and take their opening game of the Section 4 Tournament, July 16. Isaac Adams made a great catch in right field to rob the District 6 batter of a double, which would have driven in at least two more runs. “They were making a move to come back,” said District 11 scorekeeper Bill Jones. “Adams made a running catch in the right field corner to save that inning.” Adams also came on relief of Eli Garcia in the fourth inning to preserve the victory. He was awarded the game ball after the victory. David Malaney also had a great night at the plate, hitting a home run, and knocking in another run with a double. Ruben Sanabia collected to runs-batted-in with a double in the third inning. E-mail News Messenger Sports at