Lady Knights continue winning ways
PUMPKIN CENTER – The North Lincoln Lady Knights softball team has won nine consecutive games dating back to a 20-0 drubbing of Lake Norman Charter March 14. The streak has vaulted North Lincoln to the top of the South Fork 2A conference standings with an 8-1 record.
After picking up a signature win over previously undefeated Newton-Conover March 26, the Lady Knights added a pair of non-conference victories over Bunker Hill and East Gaston.
In league play, North Lincoln no-hit winless Lincolnton in a 15-0 victory March 29 before sneaking past Bandys, 9-8, April 2.
Junior McKayla Watts and freshman Tessa Hunt combined to no-hit Lincolnton in a game that lasted just five innings after North Lincoln extended its lead to double digits in the top of the fifth. Watts got the start, striking out two batters in two innings of work, while Hunt fanned four Lincolnton batters during her three innings.
Sophomore Morgan McCaslin paced the offense for North Lincoln, recording three hits, including her fourth home run of the season, and producing 3 RBIs. Senior Mia Duvall added two hits and matched McCaslin with 3 RBIs.
The Lady Knights got a stiffer test from Bandys, which scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to cut the North Lincoln lead to 9-8 before the Lady Knights escaped with the victory.
Senior Haley Patrick led North’s offense with three hits, including a double, and a pair of RBIs. Watts pitched all seven innings, allowing eight runs, although only two were earned as the Lady Knights committed five errors.
Lady Mustangs make a run
DENVER – The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs softball team picked up a pair of wins over West Lincoln and Newton-Conover, ascending to second place in the South Fork 2A conference standings. The Lady Mustangs are 7-2 in league play and haven’t lost since dropping a 7-4 heartbreaker in extra innings to the conference leaders from North Lincoln March 19.
East Lincoln travelled cross-county to take on rivals from West Lincoln March 29, doubling up the Lady Rebels in an 8-4 victory.
The Lady Mustangs built an 8-0 lead through five innings behind the bat of junior Hannah Davis, who was locked in at the plate, launching her first home run of the season while also ripping a double to finish the night with 5 RBIs. Senior Alexis Duggins collected three hits and scored twice.
Sophomore Payton Baker was the starting pitcher for East Lincoln, holding West scoreless through five innings before being tagged for two runs, one earned, in the sixth. Barker allowed just the one earned run in six innings, giving up seven hits and striking out four.
The Lady Mustangs played host to Newton-Conover April 2 in a battle for sole possession of second place in the South Fork 2A. East escaped with a 3-2 victory, avenging a 5-4 March 7 loss.
It appeared Newton-Conover might sweep the season series, with East Lincoln trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning. That is until the Lady Mustangs rallied behind an RBI from Duggins and an RBI double from junior Kylie Thress to claim the lead.
Baker excelled in the circle for North Lincoln, closing the game with six no-hit innings after allowing a two-run homer in the first. Baker threw a complete game, allowing just one hit while striking out five.