The East Lincoln Mustangs dismantled North Gaston 17-6 in five innings on Thursday.
Mitchell Lynch (4-2) worked three innings, striking out three and gave up three earned runs for his fourth victory of the season.
Trent Hovis led the way for the Mustangs at the plate going 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Jesse Cadenhead wasnâ€™t far behind going 3-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs. T.J. Chapman went 2-for-4 with a single, double and four RBIs.
Other leading hitters for East Lincoln were: Jesse Guice who went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs, Greyson Schram who went 1-for-3 with a RBI and was hit by a pitch, Russell Mahaffey who went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch and Jake Black who went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice RBI.
Mustangsâ€™ head coach Matt Neville was thrilled with his teamâ€™s victory and believes it might be his biggest while at East Lincoln
“It`s the biggest win of the season and probably the biggest win this team has ever had probably. I would say it`s the biggest team win we`ve had at East Lincoln for these group of kids,” he said.
The Wildcats beat Ashbrook which proved to the Mustangs, entering the game, they had to play their best to win.
“To come off losing to Ashbrook 8-3, and knowing they beat Ashbrook, we knew we had to rise to the occasion and we really brought our A-game today,” Neville said.
The Mustangs racked up 13 hits on the day.
“We were solid 1-through -9, but our 3, 4 and five really delivered the punch that we needed,” Neville said.
With the Easter Baseball Tournament looming at Lincolnton on Monday, Neville hopes the win will give them plenty of momentum heading into their first game against West Lincoln.
“It`s a huge confidence builder and I hope we can use this enthusiasm and I intensity we`ve created to put forth our best showing in this tournament,” he said.
The Mustangs are 7-4 on the season with a 3-1 Big South 3A mark.
East Lincoln 11 0 240 â€”17 13 3
N. Gaston 012 30 â€”6 5 7
by John Mark Brooks