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VCA Lions can't track down Zebras

By: Staff Report
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After yielding five first-inning runs and another in the home half of the second, the Valley Christian Academy baseball team found the hill too tough to climb as it dropped a 10-8 decision at Lincoln Tuesday. Valley Christian starter David Risucci did not get out of the initial inning. The Lions battled back into the contest with three runs in the third inning, and kept the game at 6-3 into the bottom of the fifth. With Justin Reiner on the hill for VCA, a one-out comebacker that could have been an inning-ending double play did not turn out as planned. A throwing error left the Zebras with a pair of base runners and just the one out, and opened the gates to a three-run frame that essentially put the game out of reach. Valley Christian tallied four times in the top of the sixth to pull back within two, then gave one back in the home half of the inning, leaving a three-run deficit heading into the final stanza. Reiner was hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh. Two outs and three Lincoln errors later, the Lions had runners on first and second and trailed by just two runs, with the powerful Risucci standing in the on-deck circle. A strikeout left the senior standing right there and ended the contest before he had a chance to take his hacks. “I am happy with the fact that we battled back and gave ourselves a chance to win,” said Valley Christian coach Brad Gunter, “but the game is a complete seven innings and we have to play well in all seven to have a chance.” “Pitching and timely errors cost us the game,” Gunter said. “We were behind in the count all day and when we finally threw a strike, we would find ways to create the untimely errors.” Risucci and sophomore Junior Casas each had two hits for VCA. The Lions host Center from Antelope at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.