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Easter tournament schedules out

Rain has wreaked havoc on the fourth annual Carolina Trust Baseball Tournament that was to begin on Monday.
The decision was made on Tuesday that the tournament will be played on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, at 5 p.m. the West Lincoln Rebels will take on the East Lincoln Mustangs. The 7 p.m. game will feature the host Lincolnton Wolves against the North Lincoln Knights.
Although, the weather did clear up to a sunny sky on Tuesday the problem was the effect the rain had already had.
“There was standing water in right field, so we’re going to move it to Thursday and Friday,” Lincolnton Athletic Director Scott Cloninger said.
The First Lincoln County Round Robin Easter Softball Tournament will begin on Friday and last through Saturday.
On Friday, at 5 p.m. East Lincoln will face Lincolnton. At 7 p.m. North Lincoln will square off against the host West Lincoln Lady Rebels.
Saturday, at noon East will play West and at 2 p.m. North will face Lincolnton.
At 5 p.m., East will take on North, while at 7 p.m. Lincolnton will face West.
“We encourage everyone to come out and support your team and see some great local talent compete,” Lady Rebels head coach Allen Hoyle said.
“We hope this will become an annual rotating event,” Hoyle said.
Admission will be $5 each day and concessions will be provided by the West Lincoln Sports Boosters.
Hoyle does not anticipate standing water affecting their tournament scheduled to begin on Friday.
“No, I don’t think that will be a problem. Our field drains pretty good,” he said.
The Lady Rebels are 6-7 overall and 3-3 in the Midwest 2A. Hoyle believes that record is not entirely accurate.
“We’ve lost some close games and have played some good people too. Everybody we’ve lost to, except for one team, was in the playoffs last year,” he said.
The Lady Rebels coach believes the Easter Softball Tournament can become a success based on a couple of factors.
“I think it’s that (turnout of fan support) and if each school wants to hold it on a rotating basis, then it can become a pretty good event,” Hoyle said.
“The only problem is if we end up in the same conference, nobody wants to play each other three times because of conference ramifications.” by John Mark Brook

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