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03/26/2015 - BASEBALL: Links Survive Scare From Orangemen To Earn First Win

By Jeff Motz

Mother Nature may have helped the Lincoln High baseball team earn their first win of the season on Thursday.

Under 44 degree temperatures (that also fell to 36 degrees by the end of the game) and a constant light rain, snow shower mix, the Links rallied from a deficit midway through and held on to beat Beatrice 7-6 at Sherman Field.

In the first three innings, each team had chances of scoring but left a combined seven runners on base.

Beatrice (1-2) ended the scoring drought in the top of the fourth, when Austin Ragland led off with a single.  Four runs scored in the inning and Braden Nowka, Zach Pinkerton, Brandel Rieckenberg and Bryce Trisler each collected hits.  

Jacob Dewey was the fourth Orangeman that scored, after he reached base on a fielder's choice and throwing error committed by Lincoln High shortstop Quentin Bohaty on a force out play at second.  Trisler's single drove in Dewey that gave Beatrice a 4-0 lead.

The Links (1-4) started their rally in the bottom half of the fourth.  Logan Linville led off with a double and scored off a double to centerfield from Jamie Young.  Courtesy runner Hunter White then scored off Jesse Brown's single.  

After a Cody Gilbertsen strikeout, Lincoln High loaded up the bases.  Aundra Gilbert walked, DeAngelo Sommers flew out to right field and Bohaty drew a walk, leading to Gavin Garcia's walk that brought in the go ahead run and put the Links up 5-4.

In the sixth, Lincoln High added two more runs.  Donovan Bargen singled to left-center field and advanced to second off a steal, then scored off a Linville single.  Brown's double scored Linville for a 7-4 Links lead.

Lincoln High relief pitcher Jacob Patenaude ran into trouble in the Beatrice half of the seventh, when he gave up a hit and two runs.  Bargen came in to earn the save when Trisler popped out to third to end the game.

Despite the poor conditions, the Links had nine hits in the game with four hitters (Linville, Bargen, Brown and Garcia) each going 2-for-3.  Linville drove in two runs and Bargen and Brown each had an RBI.  
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