The North Lincoln Knights fell to Kings Mountain 12-2 in six innings on Monday.
The Moutaineersâ€™ Josh Melton worked five and a third, striking out five batters and surrendered two earned runs. Kyle Baker was the losing pitcher.
Top hitters for the Knights were: Chris Hogue who was 1-for-2, Michael Gibson who was 1-for-2 with a stolen base and run scored, Trent Hopkins who was 1-for-2 with a RBI-double and a stolen base, T.J. Skidmore who was 1-for-2 and Jeremy Grove who was 1-for-2 with a double.
The Knights are 1-7 on the season.
North Lincoln 100 010 â€”2 7 6
K. Mountain 422 004 â€”12 7 0
On Saturday, the Hickory Tornadoes scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth to lift them past North Lincoln 8-3.
It was the second time in the game the Knights shot themselves in the foot, as they gave up three runs in the first inning on an outfield error.
The errors offset a solid first pitching outing by Josh Belk. Belk worked five innings, struck out seven and only allowed one earned run.
Knightsâ€™ head coach Sean Andrews believed the game came down to the sixth inning.
â€œWe were in the game until the sixth inning, then we had two infield errors and another error in the outfield. They scored four unearned runs,â€ he said.
North Lincolnâ€™s leading hitters were: Kyle Baker who went 1-for-4 run, Trent Hopkins who went 1-for-4 with a stolen base, run and RBI and Devin Borders who went 1-for-3 with a RBI.
Andrews, despite the loss, was pleased with Belkâ€™s pitching performance.
â€œFor Joshâ€™s first appearance once he got the rust off his shoulder, he shut them down. If he got anybody onâ€¦ he put a little extra on to get the strikeout,â€ he said.
Hopkins, the Knightsâ€™ top hitter, is now batting over .400 on the season. He credits his improved hitting to one key factor.
â€œIâ€™m going to opposite field more than last year,â€ the sophomore first baseman said.
North Lincoln 101 010 0 â€”3 5 5
Hickory 301 040 x â€”8 3 1
by John Mark Brooks