Lowell’s win sweet 

Motivation wasn’t an issue Thursday for the Lowell baseball team as it prepared to take on Washington.

And as it turns out, neither was pitching.

Left-hander Evan Brydon held the powerful Eagles offense scoreless into the sixth inning as the Cardinals knocked off Washington 7-5 at Big Rec. The last time the two rivals played, the Eagles won 16-4 at AT&T Park to claim the San Francisco Section title.

"I still remember that championship game last year and that definitely gave us a lot of motivation," Bryden said. "We needed a win."

The game was scoreless entering the top of the fifth when Lowell (6-5, 5-1 AAA) opportunistically scored all seven of its runs. The Cardinals combined RBI singles from Nick Rosenheim and Joe Bien-Kahn with a squeeze bunt single by Derek Figueras and four Washington errors to go ahead 7-0.

The Eagles (7-7, 3-2) battled back with three in the sixth and two in the seventh, but reliever Gaston Guibert recorded consecutive pop-ups with the tying run at the plate to end the game.

ISA 13, Wallenberg 10 (8 innings)

Evan Mui’s two-run double in the top of the eighth inning snapped a tie as the Cobras (3-3, 2-3) dug themselves out of a 7-2 first-inning hole to upend the Bulldogs (1-5).

— Staff report

Balboa 13, O’Connell 3

Marchian Steinkamp pitched a three-hitter to win his third AAA game as the Buccaneers (8-6-1, 6-0) remained perfect in league play by bouncing the Boilermakers.

— Staff report

SOFTBALL

Lincoln 12, Lowell 7

Faatuai Tunai went 3-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs and Christine Collins allowed four earned runs over seven innings, to help the Mustangs hold off Lowell in AAA play at South Sunset field.

Kelly Huey and Karena Leong added two hits, and Mindy Chan walked three times and scored twice for Lincoln (9-1, 6-0), which stayed undefeated in AAA play.

Tunai hit RBI singles in the first and second innings, helping Lincoln take an early 4-1 lead.

"It’s always good to get a win against a team like Lowell," said Lincoln coach Kevin Grayson. "We still need to improve a little on defense, but other than that I’m real happy with how we played today."

— Will Reisman

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