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Wolves look to extend win streak

The play of Justin Keever (pictured) and Colby Burgin has been pivotal to the Wolves’ reversal of fortune. Fellow seniors Bradley Dalrymple and Brian Ebert have also provided a spark. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo

The Lincolnton Wolves’ season got off to a less than stellar start. However, a recent four-game win streak has turned things around.
“All my kids have done a good job so far. We’ve lost five ball games, but four of them were to 3A schools. Three of those were two-run games. A little bit of luck and you win those games,” Wolves head coach Bobby Martin said.
Martin believes his team’s success has stemmed from simply having fun.
“We’re just playing together. Everybody is coming together and we’re having a good time. When you have fun, things are a lot easier,” he said.
Another area that has improved in their recent play has been their hitting. Martin attributes that to the ol’ adage ‘practice makes perfect.’
“We hit everyday. Whatever else we do, we will hit everyday. It is repetitious. I got some good hitters and they’re just beginning to get into a groove,” he said.
The coach believes there have been several factors that have led to the Wolves’ bats coming alive.
“The weather is getting warmer, we’re taking more batting practice and you just get in a groove. The ball looks big to you, the more you see it,” Martin said.
Most of the time a coach, regardless of the sport, can name a couple of players that have spurred the team’s overall success, but Martin feels like everybody has contributed.
“It’s been a team effort. It’s hard to single out somebody. I’ve had some kids do it offensively and I’ve had some kids make some tremendous plays on defense,” he said.
In baseball, a big lead doesn’t mean the game is over. One ‘rally’ can get a team right back into the game and turn the tides. However, the Wolves lately have put teams away when they got a lead of late.
“We’re beginning to develop a killer instinct. If you get somebody down, go ahead and put it on them,” Martin said.
The bats isn’t the only area of improvement, Martin also attributes their four consecutive wins to his pitching.
“We lost two or three close ball games early on. We talked as a team about winning close games and since then they have. We’ve had good pitching, played good defense and our team earned run average is under three,” he said.
The Wolves are 3-1 in the Midwest 2A Conference. That mark is good enough to tie them for second place.
And how does that make Martin feel?
“I’m just proud of them,” he said.Lincolnton will be in action against East Lincoln on Wednesday at 7 p.m. weather permitting. by John Mark Brooks

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