The East Lincoln Mustangs beat Hunter Huss 5-3 on Tuesday.
Junior Mitchell Lynch (5-2) worked five and a third, struck out nine and allowed only three hits to earn the win on the mound.
Trent Hovis went 2-for-2 with a double, was hit by a pitch and had two RBIs to lead the Mustangs at the plate. TJ Chapman hit his second homerun of the season.
East Lincolnâ€™s leadoff man Jesse Guice went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Greyson Schram also went 1-for-4 and came away with his third save of the year. Jesse Cadenhead went 2-for-3, while Bradley Morris was 1-for-1, was hit by a pitch and walked.
Mustangsâ€™ head coach Matt Neville felt the win came down to execution.
Mitchell pitched very well and Greyson came through under pressure. Offensively, we executed in situations very well,â€ he said.
With the victory, East Lincoln raises its record to 9-5 and 4-1 in the Big South 3A Conference, with the only loss coming to Ashbrook.
Friday they will play conference foe East Gaston.
â€œThe last six games weâ€™ve played, weâ€™ve played well and weâ€™re just hoping we can take that energy and momentum into East Gaston in hopes of staying on top of the conference,â€ Neville said.
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West Lincoln tennis
The West Lincoln Rebels beat Lincolnton 8-1 in the Midwest 2Aâ€™s Conference Tennis opener on Tuesday.
Rebelsâ€™ No. 1 seed Matt Limone beat Adil Huselja 6-2, 6-3. West Lincolnâ€™s No. 2 seed Noah Lopez beat Bryan Clark 6-4, 6-2.
Christian Quingla, for West Lincoln, beat Michael Sharpe 6-0, 6-1. Josh Tallent gave West the singlesâ€™ sweep, beating Daniel Earley 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles, Huselja/Sharpe helped Lincolnton avoid the sweep with an 8-4 victory over Quingla/Tallent. Rebels Chapman/Garris beat Clark/Earley 8-5.
Lincolnton forfeited two singlesâ€™ matches and one doubles.
Lincolnton is 0-6 on the season with an 0-1 MW 2A mark.
North Lincoln Tennis
The North Lincoln Knights beat Cherryville 9-0 on Tuesday.
Knightsâ€™ No. 1 seed George Lampron defeated Luis Fernandez 7-5, 6-1. North Lincolnâ€™s No. 2 Daniel Paulk beat Diego Campos 6-0, 6-1. Knightsâ€™ No. 3 seed Zane Heafner defeated Matt Allen 6-3, 6-1.
North Lincolnâ€™s Joe Fletcher beat Juean Fernandez 6-2, 6-2. Knightsâ€™ No. 5 seed Taylor Brown defeated Joe Galloway 6-2, 6-1. David Mosely completed the singlesâ€™ sweep at No. 6, beating Jessie Bachmeier 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles, Paulk/Lampron beat Fernandez/Campos 8-6. Knightsâ€™ No. 2 seed Heafner/Fletcher defeated Fernandez/Galloway 8-2. Brown/Mosely beat Allen/Matt Ramierez 8-1 to complete the sweep.
The Knights are 3-5 on the season with a 1-0 Southern Foothills 1A mark.
by John Mark Brooks