The West Lincoln Rebels opened the season in thrilling fashion, beating Fred T. Foard 3-2 in 12 innings.
In the bottom of the 12th with the scored deadlocked at two, Chase Harbinson singled. Daniel Scronce doubled advancing Harbinson to third with one out.
Payden Houser capitalized on the great opportunity, sending the ball to right for the game-winner.
Freshman Jake Watts was the winning pitcher. The southpaw worked three innings, fanning three, walking one allowing no earned runs.
Josh King was the losing pitcher working one inning.
Leading hitters for the Rebels were Scronce who was 2-for-6 one RBI and a run, Paul Finger who went 2-for-4 with a run and Chris Henderson who went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice-fly RBI.
West Lincoln overcome five errors to pull out the clutch victory. Head coach Allan Chapman knows that number needs to decrease drastically to have a consistent chance of winning.
â€œWe got to play a lot better to win. Obviously weâ€™re excited about the win, but we have to play much better defense,â€ he said.
Sophomore Ryan Rhodes worked two and two thirds, striking out three and allowing no walks.
Chapman felt his teamâ€™s pitching was the difference-maker.
â€œIâ€™m very pleased with all three of our pitchers. Rhodes (Ryan) started and threw well and Derrik (Boggs) threw six and a third, striking out five and didnâ€™t walk anybody,â€ he said.
West Lincoln will host North Lincoln on Friday at 4 p.m.
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North Lincoln baseball
The first baseball game the North Lincoln Knights hosted turned into a nightmare. The home team was blasted 18-0 by the West Caldwell Warriors.
Warriorsâ€™ southpaw Alex Fairweather worked four full innings, striking out nine batters and allowing no hits en route to the victory. Cody Coffey, who started the day in centerfield, combined with Fairweather to pitch a no-hitter.
T.J. Skidmore suffered the loss, working two full innnings, allowing three walks and striking out one.
West Caldwell scored six runs on only three hits. The Warriors benefited from five North Lincoln errors.
Phillip Philyaw went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Coffey went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Eight Warriors had atleast one RBI.
The Knights (0-1) will visit West Lincoln on Friday. Last season, the Knights played their home contests at the East Lincoln Optimist Park.
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by John Mark Brooks