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Wolves rally to down the Wildcats

The Lincolnton Wolves won their first game of the season Thursday beating the North Gaston Wildcats 11-6.
The Wolves worked their way back from a 6-1 deficit to give Cole Sigmon his first varsity win as Lincolnton head coach.
In the top of the seventh with the score tied 6-6, Nate Wright had a single, Kyle Snyder then sacrificed him over, Kenny Reed walked. After Matt Huss hit into a fielder’s choice, runners were on first and third. A ball hit by Justin Green was booted which put the Wolves ahead.
Kenny Reed threw three innings, allowing only one walk and surrendering no earned runs. Dustin Weaver worked four innings, giving up four earned runs and allowing four hits.
Shane Brackett, a transfer from East Lincoln, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two singles and two RBIs.
Matt Kuster was 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs. Will Fox was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Sigmon believed the win was a polar opposite of their season debut.
“We kind of turned the tables. That was a big improvement from last night. We cut down on the strikeouts and quadrupled our hits,” he said.
He also was happy his team showed a resilient nature despite being down five runs.
“It was good to we were down 6-1. We scrapped and scrapped and kind of nipped away at them. The pitchers did a great job. Kenny came in and just didn’t give them anything. He gave up one hit, one walk and no runs—that’s great,” he said.
“It’s good to get the first win. It’s good for the boys to know they can play bad the first couple of innings, then come back and when a ball game,” Sigmon added.
Lincolnton 102 030 5—11 13 4
N. Gaston 240 000 0—6 5 2

Wednesday
The South Point Red Raiders spoiled the Lincolnton Wolves’ season opener and head coach Cole Sigmon’s debut beating them 4-1 on Wednesday.
With the Wolves trailing 2-1, in the bottom of the sixth, a Todd Palmer single drove in two to give the Raiders a comfortable lead.
The winning pitcher was Dave Bumgarner who worked three innings, allowing one run, two hits while striking out four.
Kyle Snyder suffered the loss, pitching four innings giving up two runs, two hits and walking four.
Charlie Hill, a South Point southpaw struck out six Wolves’ batters. Lincolnton struck out 13 times in the game.
The leading hitter in the contest was Aaron Horne, who went 2-for-2 with one RBI. A bright spot for Lincolnton was freshman Nate Wright who hit a solo homerun over the left field fence.
Shane Brackett, Will Fox and Dustin Weaver also recorded hits.
Sigmon believed a couple of things cost his team the ball game.
“We played a good game, just didn’t hit. The defense was great and pitching was OK except for the walks. Three of the four runs scored came on walks,” he said.
He also felt Palmer’s hit took a lot of wind out of the Wolves’ sails.
“He made it a three-run ball game instead of a one-run ball game. He knocked a single to left to score two runs,” he said.
Lincolnton 001 000 0—1 4 0
South Point 200 002 x—4 4 1

by John Mark Brooks

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