The North Lincoln Lady Knights Southern Foothills 1A Conference Tournament opener was a breeze.
The Lady Knights beat the Hendersonville Bearcats 10-0 in five innings on Monday.
Nicole Baxter pitched a perfect game through four innings, while striking out 10 of the 12 batters she faced.
April Wilson relieved Baxter in the fifth continuing the no-hitter.
Lindsey Smith reached base safely three times. She walked, singled and tripled. Debbie Jackson did the same, walking once and singling twice.
Mackenzie Harkey and Brittany Reel had a single apiece in the win.
The Lady Knights will play their second round game on Wednesday.
The Lincolnton tennis team started out the match against the North Henderson Knights in ideal fashion.
But four straight singles losses put them in an insurmountable hole eventually losing the match 5-3 on Thursday.
Lincolntonâ€™s No. 1 seed John James shut out Chris Miller 6-0, 6-0. Wolves No. 2 seed Devin High defeated Stacy Taylor 7-5, 6-0.
The quick 2-0 lead Lincolnton jumped out to seemed to spark the North Henderson squad. Northâ€™s No. 3 seed Jake Willingham defeated Lee Campbell 7-5, 6-2.
Knightsâ€™ No. 4 seed Chad Anderson defeated Andrew Mauney 6-0, 6-2 to even the match up at two.
Northâ€™s No. 5 seed defeated Adil Huselja 6-4, 6-2. Brett Donar, Northâ€™s No. 6 seed, defeated Brett Jarrett 6-1, 6-2 to give the Knights a 4-2 lead.
It would take a clean sweep for the Wolves in doubles play to earn the victory, but it was not to be.
No. 1 seed James/High defeated Miller/Taylor 10-4 to narrow the lead to 4-3. But Willingham/Andrerson defeated Campbell/Mauney 10-6 to clinch the match for the Knights.
Lincolntonâ€™s No. 3 pair of Huselja and Jarrett led 6-2 over Brooks/Donar when play was suspended.
Despite the loss, Chris Hoffman was pleased with his teamâ€™s effort.
â€œWe fell behind in singles 2-4 and had to sweep doubles if we were to get the win. Our doubles teams gave a gallant effort, but came up a little short,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™m very proud of the way we played today especially of our doubles teams who were close to producing a-come-from-behind win,â€ Hoffman said.
The Wolves fall to 8-5 on the season with the loss.
West Lincoln baseball
The West Lincoln Rebels lost 7-6 to the Chase Trojans on Monday in the first round of the Midwest 2A Conference Tournament.
Chris Henderson hit a two-run homer in the first inning for West. He ended the game with two hits.
Dustin Hester and Paul Finger each had two hits apiece. Hester also had a RBI-double in the loss.
Rebels head coach Allan Chapman credited his opponent.
â€œIt was disappointing because we still had a lot to play for. Chase just got big hits, played well and just outplayed us,â€ he said.
West Lincoln will play Bandys in a play-in game at Lincolnton High School at 7 p.m. to see who earns a berth into the 2A State Playoffs.
Chapman and his team are very happy having the opportunity to accomplish that goal.
â€œWeâ€™re very excited about that. Our No. 1 goal of every year is to make the playoffs. In a sense, weâ€™ve done that and I think weâ€™ll be ready for this game. Our seniors are really excited about the opportunity to play in the playoffs,â€ he said.
West Lincolnâ€™s record on the season is 15-10.by John Mark Brooks