Colby Burgin pitched a complete game earning the victory for the Wolves in a 12-3 win versus Newton on Friday. The 5â€™10â€ senior struck out eight batters and only walked two. Burgin also went 3-for-5 with four RBIs at the plate.
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The Lincolnton Wolvesâ€™ surged to life against the Newton-Conover Red Devils Friday night.
A 12-3 Wolvesâ€™ win that increases their winning streak to four games.
With the game tied 1-1 the Wolves scored four runs in the third inning. The biggest hit came via Bradley Dalrymple with a two-RBI triple.
The big inning gave Lincolnton a 5-1 lead. Behind the strong pitching of Colby Burgin thatâ€™s all they would need.
The senior captain pitched a complete game, while striking out eight batters. Burgin also demonstrated great command and control of his pitches walking only two batters.
â€œHe was able to throw all four pitches for strikes and used his curve ball to strike people out and used his knuckler to get ground balls and pop flies,â€ Wolvesâ€™ senior catcher Evan Wise said.
Up 7-3 in the seventh, Lincolnton scored five runs to put to rest any doubt of a win. The big hit of the last inning was Burginâ€™sâ€” a two-RBI triple.
Also contributing was Will Fox who had a RBI double and Dustin Weaver with a RBI single.
Leading hitters for the Wolves were Burgin who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, Dalrymple who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Justin Keever, 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
Brian Ebert also went 2-for-4 in the win.
Morale in the Wolvesâ€™ clubhouse is high with the four-game winning streak. Wise believes it has to do with jelling as a unit.
â€œLast yearâ€™s longest winning streak was two games, so weâ€™ve already doubled that. We also didnâ€™t have a winning season last year and now weâ€™re already at .500. It feels good, everybody is happy and the team is meshing,â€ he said.
The victory improves Lincolntonâ€™s record to 5-5 on the season.
The Wolves look to continue their winning streak on Tuesday hosting the Shelby Golden Lions at 7 p.m.
West Lincoln Varsity
The West Lincoln Rebels fell 5-4 to the Shelby Golden Lions in eight innings Friday.
The Rebels jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of a Brent Gatesâ€™ two-RBI double and a Brandon Jonesâ€™ RBI single. West added another run via an error.
In the fourth inning the Rebels committed four errors. Each one leading to a Golden Lionsâ€™ run to tie the contest 4-4.
Rebels head coach Allan Chapman was surprised by the inability to make plays on defense.
â€œWeâ€™ve been getting pretty good defense. One inning we messed up a couple of routine plays and they snake-bit us,â€ he said.
With the game locked in a pitcherâ€™s duel between Rebel Dylan Anthony and Golden Lion Bronson Smith it went into extra innings.
The Lions leadoff hitter Jacob Wallace doubled to begin the eighth.
After a pitching change and an out a Matt Strickland bunt moved Wallace to third. A walk loaded the bases for Shelby. Zee Beam, a pinch-hitter, drove in the winning run.
Smith earned the win for the Golden Lions striking out eight batters. Anthony struck out five batters, but picked up the loss.
The loss drops West Lincoln to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in the Midwest 2A Conference.
They will next be in action at Bandys on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
â€œIt will be an important game for us. It will be vital to holding on to second place. As far as our confidence, weâ€™ll see how Fridayâ€™s loss affects us,â€ Chapman said.
by John Mark Brooks