The Lincolnton defeated the Chase Trojans 8-1 mainly on the strength of Colby Burginâ€™s right arm Tuesday.
The 5â€™9â€ righthander pitched a complete game, while striking out eight batters. Burgin also only allowed one hit that came in the sixth inning.
There was a little controversy on the â€˜hit.â€™ In what some viewed as a catch it was ruled that Bradley Dalrymple trapped the ball on a defensive play.
Seniors Brian Ebert and Justin Keever were the offensive catalysts for the Wolves.
Ebert, the leadoff hitter, went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. His teammate Keever went 2-for-3 with a homerun and two RBIs, while scoring three runs.
Dalrymple, Burgin, Will Fox and Jose Leon had a RBI each in the contest.
Ebert was impressed with Burginâ€™s pitching performance.
â€œHe pitched an excellent game. He threw strikes, got people out (a lot of ground balls). Probably one of the best games of his life,â€ he said.
The Wolves have now won three games in a row upping their record to 11-7, 6-3 in the Midwest 2A Conference.
â€œWeâ€™re meshing and playing more as a team. Weâ€™re cheering for each other and our hitting is coming around,â€ Ebert said.
Lincolnton catcher Evan Wise cut down his seventh runner trying to steal this season in the game.
West Lincoln baseball
West Lincoln defeated Bunker Hill 10-3 Tuesday led by Brandon Jones.
Jones knocked a two-RBI double in the second inning.
Jonathan Thomas stroked a two-RBI triple in the third inning to help the Rebels take a 6-4 lead.
The Rebels added three more runs in the sixth inning with the biggest hit coming on Jonesâ€™ two-RBI single to take a 10-3 lead.
Zac Koehler pitched 3 1/3 innings, while striking out five batters and scattering two hits earning the victory.
The Rebels raise their record to 12-7 overall and 5-4 in the Midwest 2A Conference.
North Lincoln baseball
The North Lincoln Knights defeated the Highland Tech Rams 9-3 Tuesday night.
Justin Mintun had a career night going 3-for-3 with three RBIs, along with hitting his first homerun for the Knights.
Josh Belk and T.J. Skidmore both went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Kyle Baker earned the win pitching six innings, while striking out four. He also was a threat on the base paths stealing three bases.
The win marks a two-game winning streak for the Knights. It also improves their record to 6-12 overall and 2-6 in the Southern Foothills 1A Conference.
Head coach Sean Andrews believed that seven stolen bases keyed the victory.
â€œWe came out a little slow, then kind of got on them and started hitting the ball. Once we got on base we started taking advantage of their catcher,â€ he said.
East Lincoln baseball
The East Lincoln Mustangs lost to Forestview 10-2 Tuesday.
Chris Smith recorded two hits in the losing cause. Russell Mahaffey and Grayson Schram chipped in with a hit apiece.
The Mustangs are now 3-14 on the season.
by John Mark Brooks