Lincoln Heat 9U splits with Monticello

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[May 17, 2016]  After a pair of rainouts earlier in the week, the Lincoln Heat 9U baseball team finally got back in action Sunday with a doubleheader in Monticello.

The home team jumped on the Heat early, taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning. But Lincoln battled back, scoring two runs in the second.

Deegan Aeilts started the rally with a walk and a stolen base, scoring on a scorching line drive base hit by Warren Tomczak. After another hard hit ball by Tate Johnston moved Tomczak around to third, Kyle Gellner brought him in with an RBI groundout. The Heat defense also came to life, helping starting pitcher Johnston hold the Sages scoreless in the second and third innings.

Lincoln continued to claw its way back in the third and fourth innings, cutting the lead to 5-4 as Jude Toft and Tomczak led off each respective inning with a hit, eventually coming around to score on an RBI groundout from Drew Hayes and a sacrifice fly from Aaron Roede.

The Sages added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 6-4 before the Heat showed their resilience again in the fifth and final inning.

Kyle Koehler led off with a walk, followed by another for Toft. They each moved over on a double steal, putting them at second and third with one out and a two-run deficit with Parker Graue at the plate. Graue delivered with a sharp single, scoring both runners and tying the game at six. Two more walks loaded the bases, moving Graue to third, where he scored on a pitch that got away from the catcher, giving Lincoln a 7-6 lead heading to the bottom of the last inning.

Monticello got the tying run on base to lead off their half of the fifth, and he eventually made it all the way to third before Hayes settled in on the mound and struck out the next three batters, preserving the 7-6 win for the Heat.

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Unfortunately, the Sages came back strong in the nightcap, scoring five runs in each of the first three innings.

Lincoln fought back in the third with lead-off walks from Roede, Dyllan Ferguson, and Koehler to load the bases with no outs. Toft grounded into a fielderís choice to score Roede and then stole second, allowing Graue to drive in Ferguson and Toft with his third hit of the day. Hayes followed with a hit and stolen base as he and Graue came around to score on a hit from Aeilts, cutting the lead to 10-5.

The Sages piled on five more to stretch their lead to ten after three innings. Despite a two-out hit from Gellner in the fourth, the Sages were able to close out the game, striking out the side.

The split moves Lincolnís record to 7-3 on the season. They will have a little time off before returning to action in a rematch with Monticello at home on May 24.

[Eric Graue]

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