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Oberholtzer shuts down Indians
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Escalon        9-0     (16-0)
Modesto C.    6-2    (10-4)
Ripon        5-4     (5-9)
Hughson    4-4    (6-7)
Riverbank    1-7     (2-11-1)
Ripon C.    0-8     (2-12)

STOCKTON — Lincoln sophomore southpaw John Oberholtzer struck out 10 Indians Saturday afternoon as the Trojans knocked off visiting Ripon, 7-1.

Oberholtzer went the distance in the win, but had a little help from an unusually large strike zone according to Ripon skipper Mark Whelan.

“We didn’t adjust to the strike zone,” Whelan said. “But they’re a Division I school playing at home. You’ve got to earn your respect.”

The Indians managed just four knocks, including a double from Camden Dowhower.

Jared Macedo hit a bases-loaded single in the seventh to score Kyle Wagner.
Lincoln put up two in the first, three in the fourth and two more in the sixth.

“We had a couple of fielding errors, but other than that I thought we played well,” Whelan said.

Michael Conway got the start and went 3 2/3 innings allowing five (1 ER) on one strikeout and two walks.

Mike Mannix closed it out, allowing a pair of hits.

Lincoln had six hits, all told.

Oberholtzer took a no-hitter into the fourth.

“When you’re facing good teams, hopefully you learn something,” Whelan said. “They have a lot of talent and it shows. But we competed well, and hopefully that will go a long way.”

Johnny DeDonatis and Francisco Gustin had singles for the Indians (5-4 Trans Valley League, 5-9 overall).

Ripon begins a Spring Break home-and-home on the road against Hilmar Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m.

The series shifts to Ripon Friday.

Hughson awaits once TVL play resumes in a week.

— Brandon Petersen