Lincoln advances in 9-10 tourney with win over Rocklin

Championship starts tonight
By: Staff Report
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Lincoln and Rocklin exchanged leads early on in the District 11, Area 1 9-10 All Stars Tournament Friday night but the local boys in blue eventually pulled away for an 13-4 victory at Lincoln Little League. Mason Mooney scored the first run in the game for Rocklin but Lincoln came back in the bottom half of the inning with three runs to take the lead. Rocklin went back on top 4-3 in the second inning but couldn?t keep Lincoln from scoring two more runs in the bottom of the frame. After that, it was all Lincoln. Wyatt Arbaugh started on the mound for Lincoln and dueled with Rocklin?s Miles Hughes through two innings. Arbaugh closed the door on Rocklin in the third and when Lincoln went up 8-4 in the bottom of that stanza Rocklin found it could no longer stem the tide. Scoring in the contest for Lincoln were Aiden Isola (2 runs), Jacob Lemus (3), Grady Manley (1), Gavin Young (1), Bo Culbertson (1), Dylan Rhodes (2), Clayton Coats (1) and Jared Kelty (2). Lincoln had six hits in the game with Tommy Turner hitting a double for the home club?s only extra-base hit. Rocklin brought Mason Mooney, Callum Janis, Andrew Ketchum and Michael Alexander across the plate on four hits. Mooney hit a double and Ketchum tripled but both hits combined produced only one run. Credit Lincoln?s pitching staff for a masterful performance. After Arbaugh came out of the game, pitchers Isola and Newsom did a yeomen?s job going an inning apiece. Lincoln?s fielding was superb committing just one error and the play of shortstop Lemus and center-fielder Rhodes was outstanding. In spite of the loss, Rocklin manager Jeff McClaughry was very complimentary of the tournament and the job Lincoln Little League did hosting it. ?It was a great tournament all around,? said McClaughry ?Lincoln put on a great tournament. The facilities were great and we had a great time. It was a fun time and we enjoyed ourselves.? Lincoln skipper Tom Turner praised his defense and said he was fortunate that virtually every one of his players were capable of pitching if necessary. Lincoln now goes into the championship series with Tri-City Saturday at 7 p.m. Tri-City beat the locals 3-1 in Game 3 of the tournament and Lincoln would have to defeat Tri-City twice to claim the Area 1 title.