Lincoln East wins HAC Baseball Championship

Highlights from Lincoln East's HAC Tournament championship victory over Lincoln Southeast.
Published: Apr. 12, 2023 at 10:22 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2023 at 10:56 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln East took down Lincoln Southeast 5-3 on Wednesday evening to win the 2023 Heartland Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.

The Spartans came out of the gate strong, scoring three runs in the first inning behind a two-RBI triple by Troy Peltz. Lincoln Southeast worked its way back into the game, scoring two runs in the third inning before Will Jeske tied the game with an RBI double in the fifth inning.

Lincoln East reclaimed the lead on a Mason Gaines RBI single in the fifth inning. Lincoln East pitcher Paul Shortridge held Lincoln Southeast scoreless over the final two innings, securing the championship for the Spartans.

The road to the tournament championship included wins over Norfolk and Lincoln Pius X in the second round and semifinals. The win against the Knights raisesthe Spartans’ record to 14-2 on the season.