Untimely errors and lack of offense spelled doom for the Lincolnton Wolves on Monday as they fell to the Bunker Hill Bears 4-2 in the opening round of the Midwest 2A conference tournament at Jonathan Brookins Memorial Field.
After a three up, three down first inning for Bunker Hill, Lincolnton looked as if they would take control of the game.
Brian Ebert led off with a double, then advanced to third when Justin Keever reached on an infield error.
With one out, Will Fox doubled, scoring Ebert and advancing Keever to third. However, the two baserunners would be stranded as Bears` pitcher Mark Strother struck out consecutive batters to end the first.
Bunker Hill tied the game at one in the second inning. Kyle Watts and Tyler Hefner had back to back singles, and Watts would score on an infield error off the bat of Tim Herman.
Leadoff hitter Corey Kiesler would single to lead off the third. Kiesler would score later in the inning on an RBI single by designated hitter Charlie Story, and the Bears led 2-1.
Bunker Hill added a run in the fifth when Kiesler singled, stole second, and scored on Story`s second RBI hit of the night.
In the sixth, Herman reached on an infield error and advanced to second when catcher Cody Rowe was hit by a pitch. Herman then scored on Brian Davis` single and the Bears had a 4-1 lead.
The Wolves tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and nobody on, Ebert singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Colby Burgin then singled in Ebert pulling the Wolves to within 4-2 before the rally ended.
Burgin was the losing pitcher for Lincolnton, but pitched well enough to win. Burgin pitched a complete game, allowing 4 runs(2 unearned) on eight hits, while striking out nine.
Strother was the winning pitcher for the Bears, allowing two runs on six hits. Strother struck out eight Wolfpack hitters and retired nine straight at one point in the contest.
Ebert led the Wolves at the plate, going three for four and scoring both Lincolnton runs. Will Fox added two hits in three at bats. Bunker Hill was led by Kiesler and Story with two hits each. Both teams committed two errors.
With the loss, the Wolves must wait to see where it will be seeded in the 2A playoffs.
If number one seed East Rutherford wins the Midwest 2A conference tournament, Lincolnton will be a number two seed and will open the playoffs at home next week.
If a team other than East Rutherford wins the tournament, the Wolves will drop to the number three seed, and likely be on the road in round one.
Bunker Hill 011 011 0 – 4
Lincolnton 100 000 1 – 2
BH: Strother and Rowe.
L: Burgin and Wise.by David Keever