Eagles steamroll Bessemer City
DENVER – The Lincoln Charter Eagles baseball team outscored the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets 34-2 in a doubleheader played March 22.
The Eagles set the tone from the start, scoring eight runs in the first inning and tacking on eight more in the second en route to a 19-0 drubbing of the Yellow Jackets in the first game of the day.
Lincoln Charter was led offensively by senior John Burns, who smacked two home runs and finished with 7 RBIs on four hits. Classmate Dylan Dodson tacked on a grand slam and fellow senior Matthew Upchurch drove in two runs with his only hit.
Upchurch was dominant on the mound as well for the Eagles, allowing just one hit in four innings in his first start of the season.
Bessemer City found more success in game two of the doubleheader, but the result was the same as Lincoln Charter cruised to a 15-2 victory to sweep their conference foe.
Another senior, Zack Horton, led the way at the plate for Lincoln Charter. Horton delivered three hits in four at-bats, including a double, and finished with 6 RBIs.
After his grand slam in game one, Dodson cleared the fence again in game two, this time blasting a two-run shot into the Denver night sky. Burns finished the day a perfect 8-for-8 at the plate.
Ace lefty Ryan Restino got the start on the mound for Lincoln Charter in game two, tossing two perfect innings with four strikeouts.
Mustangs hand Maiden first conference loss
DENVER – The East Lincoln Mustangs baseball team knocked off the top team in the South Fork 2A conference March 26, winning an extra-innings thriller over Maiden, 7-6, to hand the Blue Devils their first loss in league play.
A pair of freshmen, Graham Smiley and Garrett Michel, led the way for East Lincoln offensively with 2 RBIs apiece, including a game-tying double by Michel in the third inning. Another underclassman, sophomore Matthew McCowan II, set the table for the Mustangs’ run producers with two hits as he was driven in both times.
Junior right-hander Derek Martin was impressive in 5.1 innings on the mound, allowing two runs on just two hits to go with one walk and five strikeouts. Martin also helped his own cause, with a hit and two walks in four plate appearances while scoring two runs.
Sophomore southpaw Josh Stephens closed the game for the Mustangs, recording the final four outs without allowing a hit.
Lady Knights take first place in South Fork 2A
PUMPKIN CENTER – The North Lincoln Lady Knights softball team notched a fifth consecutive victory March 26, handing Newton-Conover its first loss of the season. North Lincoln’s 12-2 drubbing of the Lady Red Devils tied the two teams atop the South Fork 2A conference with identical 6-1 records.
The Lady Knights scored first, recording a single run in the bottom of the first inning for a lead that stood until senior Kaylee Kanipe plated two runs with a double in the top of the fourth to put Newton-Conover on top 2-1. North Lincoln didn’t stay down long, however, as the Lady Knights exploded for nine runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the game away.
North Lincoln was led offensively by Mia Duvall, Ashlyn White, McKayla Watts and Katie Wadkovsky, each of whom drove in two runs. Duvall, a senior, led the team with three hits and also scored two runs, while Wadkovsky launched the game’s only home run, a two-run shot that accounted for her only hit of the game.
Watts, who recorded two hits and a walk, was also stellar in the circle for North Lincoln. The junior tossed a complete game, allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out six in five innings of work.