The Lincolnton Wolves are proving home-field advantage does count. For the second time this season, the Wolves at Brookins Memorial Field used their last half of inning to win a game.
Newton-Conover was ahead 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh before the Wolves rallied to score two to win 4-3.
Senior Dustin Weaver started things with a single. Will Fox then doubled. Shane Brackett drove in Weaver with a sac-fly RBI.
Fox, who had advanced to third on Brackettâ€™s fly ball, scored on a Matt Kuster groundout to win the game.
Weaver earned the win for the Wolves pitching a complete game. He also led the Wolves with a 3-of-4 performance at the plate.
Lincolnton head coach Cole Sigmon is proud of his teamâ€™s never-say-die mentality.
â€œIâ€™m glad to see them hang in there. It shows theyâ€™re pretty much resilient and that they donâ€™t quit,â€ he said.
While the wins are nice, he believes if his team keeps putting themselves in a hole sooner or later they wonâ€™t be able to climb out.
â€œItâ€™s kind of hard on the nerves because when you put yourselves in that position. Sooner or later, itâ€™s going to come back and get you,â€ he said.
Sigmon is giving his kids Saturday and Sunday off from practice. They will host North Lincoln in the first round of the Easter Baseball Tournament.
His reasoning for giving them some rest is he wants the atmosphere on Monday to be relaxed.
â€œThe Easter Tournament needs to be fun for them. Weâ€™re going to play to win, but since theyâ€™re not conference games weâ€™re going to have a little bit more fun with it. Hopefully, it wonâ€™t be as stressful,â€ he said.
And what does Sigmon feel heading into his first Easter tourney as the Wolves head coach?
â€œI think itâ€™s good for the community. People can come out and watch all the county representatives. I just think itâ€™s a good thing,â€ he said.
The Wolves are 6-3 on the season with a 3-1 Midwest 2A Conference record.
by John Mark Brooks