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Monday, July 21

Lincoln Bronco team finishes second
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[JULY 21, 2003]  An improbable run for the Bronco League area all-stars came to an end Sunday afternoon, with the Lincoln All-Stars, sponsored by Triple T Promotionals, finishing second to the tournament's undefeated winners, the McLean County Hawks. This same McLean County team sent the Lincoln All-Stars into the loser's bracket in the semifinal game on Saturday afternoon, 16-6.

Lincoln had a hard time stopping the McLean County hitting attack, as they pounded out 17 hits. Tyson Smith and John White slowed the attack late in the game, working a combined three innings, giving up just three hits and no earned runs.

Brett Montgomery led Lincoln with two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Others with hits in the game were Bryce Hunsley, Devon Biggs, Dylan Eimer, Ethan Tabor, Kyle Young, Matt Leslie and Cole Brownfield.

After taking the beating in the afternoon game, the Lincoln All-Stars came back to defeat a tough Chatham all-star team 9-8 in a late Saturday evening contest.

Hunsley pitched five strong innings. Montgomery got the win in relief, while Young again got the save, his third of the tournament.

Montgomery again led Lincoln's hitting attack with three singles. Biggs had two hits. Spreading the hits out once again, seven other Lincoln All-Stars had hits: Blair Bruns, Young, Alex Bradshaw, Hunsley, Eimer, Trent Gardner and Brownfield.

The combination of good hitting and pitching was assisted by Lincoln's best defensive effort of the tournament, getting them into the championship game against McLean County on Sunday.


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The Lincoln All-Stars' second attempt against McLean County was a much improved effort, yet the better team prevailed. In the championship game, Lincoln threw nearly every pitcher they had at McLean County in an attempt to slow down their hitters, to no avail. McLean County rapped out 17 more hits, earning the championship 15-10.

What kept Lincoln in the game was some pretty good hitting as well. Lincoln had 14 hits, with Young (4-for-4) and Montgomery (3-for-4) leading the way. Also with two hits were Bruns, Hunsley and Brownfield.

While the Lincoln All-Stars bowed out of the tournament, they made believers out of many of their fans and the opponents they faced. Bouncing back time and again when they were seemingly out of games, the Lincoln Area All-Stars showed character and perseverance. 

[Craig Smith]    

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