Varsity boys baseball wins league championship to wrap up PIL season

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Update: Lincoln ended the season undefeated after beating Franklin 2-0 in the final league game of the season on May 15. 

The varsity baseball team won the PIL title after defeating Madison 12-1 on May 7, following an 18-1 win over the Senators on May 5.

“We just came out with more energy than Monday and played a strong game,” senior  player Dante Piacente said.

The win against Madison added to the team’s 16-game win streak in the PIL. “I think that it’s great, but I don’t care about winning to keep the streak. I care about winning to get a good playoff seed,” Piacente said.

“The last game of the (Madison) series we didn’t play very well,” first-year coach C.J Watson said. “We didn’t have a very good offensive lead, but we ended up taking care of it.”

Even with the PIL title, the team is still focused on finishing the league with a victory against Franklin May 14 at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro. “We’re not worried about state yet” Watson said. “We still have one more game against Franklin.”

While a victory would mean that the team has been able to keep its win streak, its ranking in the state competition could still be impacted with a loss. “If we lose even one PIL game, our rating could drop so much and so winning is about good playoff seeding rather than keeping the streak alive,” Piacente said.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Watson said of the Franklin game. “It’s our senior night, so it will be a good way for us to recognize the seniors for a very good and successful season so far. They’re a great group of guys, and I love them to death.”