Lincolnton fell to East Rutherford 9-0 on Thursday.
Kyle Campfield hit a solo-homerun in the top of the fifth, making the score 2-0. The Cavaliers then reeled off six runs in the seventh, aided by two Wolvesâ€™ errors.
Sophomore Tyler Smith worked six innings and struck out seven to earn the win. Senior Dustin Weaver pitched a complete game, gave up nine hits and allowed three earned runs in the losing cause.
Leading hitters for the Wolves were: Weaver who went 1-for-4, Shane Brackett who went 1-for-2 with a walk. Nate Wright and Justin Green both went 1-for-3.
Lincolnton (7-7, 3-4) has now lost four games in a row. Wolvesâ€™ head coach Cole Sigmon is hoping things turn around Friday versus county rival and Midwest 2A foe, West Lincoln.
â€œWe got outplayed. We just need to win,â€ said Sigmon. â€œAny way we can get it, we just need to win.â€
Sigmon believes his team had opportunities, but just failed to capitalize.
â€œThe first four innings we had opportunities, but just couldnâ€™t get the big hit,â€ he said. â€œAgainst good teams, youâ€™re only going to get so many. If you donâ€™t take advantage of them; youâ€™re going to come up on the short end.â€
East Rutherford is second in the MW 2A with a 5-2 mark.
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Lincolnton 000 000 xâ€”0 4 2
by John Mark Brooks