Lincoln Fans Assemble To Watch 2019 Softball Final Four

By: 
Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
While the rest of Lincoln was home or crappie fishing ,20-30 parents ,coaches, players and fans, sat in the dark on Friday, May 1, in the back of pickups or in lawn chairs from 8-10  to watch a softball game.
With the 2020 season being canceled, a trio of softball moms brainstormed a three Friday night event.
At the Lincoln softball field, on the side of a trailer, Lincoln fans watched the semi- final of the Final Four played on May 17th, 2019, in Springfield MO.
The game pitted number one ranked Potosi 20-1 against ninth ranked Lincoln 24-2.
Senior Chloe Reese commented before the showing, “ This (event) is awesome and watching it brings back the same feelings I had when playing the game. The football team had made the championship game so for the school we wanted to get to the championship game in softball. For that reason, I was more nervous for this game than the championship game.”
Two things stood out to this reporter. One even though they were the champions, I had forgotten how good they were and that this victory was a total team effort.
Head Coach Chris Sanders had told the girls that Aleah Paxton wouldn’t be able to strike everybody out against these teams at this level and that they would have to make some plays in the field .
Potosi had four girls batting over .500. and yes, Lincoln made some plays. Chloe Reese made a running catch of a ball hit in the gap in right. The others during the contest, dug out balls at short, third and first for big outs. There was one more huge play but we are saving it for last because it was the last.
Lincoln scored in the second on a single by Haley Mackey and a double by Paxton.
That was it until the seventh when Potosi tied the game and sent it to extra innings .Lincoln scored when speedy Freshman Jenna Vanderveer bunted, stole second and on the same play went to third when the shortstop bobbled the ball. She would score on a pass ball. 
Then in the bottom of the inning, it was two on and two out for Potosi when Genesis Smith would catch a sinking line drive to left at her shoe tops to end the game. She commented, “ I don’t remember how close to the ground it was but I remember that I knew I had to catch it.”
The players and fans on hand cheered during the showing and were excited after the game. Even though they knew the outcome some admitted they were still a little nervous watching it .
So Lincoln won 2-1 and you can watch the championship game next Friday at eight at the softball field.
(Yes, they were given permission by local authorities to show the game and they practiced social distancing as much as possible.)

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