The change of date, due to inclement weather, didnâ€™t affect the Lincolnton Wolves on Saturday as they hammered the Chase Trojans 11-1 in five innings.
Dustin Weaver pitched a complete game four-hitter. The senior southpaw also struck out four and allowed no walks.
As good as Weaver was, his teamâ€™s bats were just as solid. In the bottom of the third, Kyle Snyder crushed one over the right-field fence for a two-run homerun. The shot gave Lincolnton a 3-1 advantage.
The fourth inning, senior first baseman Matt Kuster made the most of a bases loaded opportunity, with a grand slam homerun putting the Wolves ahead 7-1.
Other leading hitters for Lincolnton were: Weaver with 1-for-3, Shane Brackett who went 1-for-4 and Justin Green, who was 1-for-1 with a double.
Kyle Trotter suffered the loss pitching three innings while striking out three.
Wolves head coach Cole Sigmon was thrilled with his teamâ€™s play.
“The two homeruns were the big blows in the game. We only had five hits and scored eleven runs so obviously we took advantage of their mistakes,” he said.
“It`s just timely hitting– that`s what it is,” he added.
Defensively, the Wolves played a clean game committing no errors.
Lincolnton improves its record to 5-2, 2-0 in the Midwest 2A Conference.
Sigmon was proud of Weaver, believing he pitched very well.
“He did a good job. He gave up the one run in the first inning and he was pretty much in control after
that. The defense played well again and made some plays,” he said.
Sigmon is pleased with the way his team has started the season, but he also offered a disclaimer.
“Of course that`s what we wanted to do. We wanted to start our season pretty strong, but I hope the boys
know, it`s still early and they still got to keep playing,” he said.
Lincolnton will pay a visit to Bunker Hill today for a JV/Varsity doubleheader. The varsity game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday they will host Newton-Conover in another JV/Varsity doubleheader.
Chase 100 00 â€”1 4 3
Lincolnton 102 44 â€”11 5 0
Senior first baseman Matt Kuster hit a grand slam in Saturdayâ€™s game. He had five RBIs on the day. Chris Dean / LTN Photo
by John Mark Brooks