Knights slam Bears
The North Lincoln Lady Knights crushed Hendersonville Thursday 16-0 in three and-a-half innings.
Junior Jenna Torbert was 3-for-3 with an inside-the-park homerun, a single and a triple with four RBIs to lead the Lady Knights. Nicole Baxter had a single, double and three RBIs.
Senior Nicole Hall went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. McKenzie Harkey had a RBI-single and was walked twice with the bases loaded to account for three RBIs. Lindsey Smith had a RBI-triple, while Kayla Alexander (2-for-3), Courtney Feldon and Amanda Synder each chipped in with a RBI.
Baxter earned the win on the mound pitching three innings, striking out six batters and allowing no hits. Hall struck out two in the fourth and preserved the team no-hitter.
The Lady Knights improve to 10-3, 5-2 Southern Foothills 1A.
East Lincoln tennis
The East Lincoln Mustangs defeated Berry Academy 6-3, on the road, Thursday.
Mustangsâ€™ No. 1 seed Alex Willhite beat Kenny Crawford 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. No. 2 seed Drew Keener beat Marcel Harley 6-0, 6-3. East Lincolnâ€™s No. 3 seed Pete Pitsikoulis blanked Donnie Brewington 6-0, 6-0.
Mustangsâ€™ No. 4 seed Kendall Law beat Lewis Waller 6-0, 6-1. Houston Stokes defeated Cory Gordon 6-2, 7-5. Adam Pressley preserved the singlesâ€™ shutout by beating Thad Baker 6-2, 6-1.
In a twist of irony, the Cardinals swept doubles. Crawford/Harley beat Keener/Grier Simmons 10-6. At No. 2 Brewington/Gordon defeated Stephen Wise/Tyson Leonhardt 10-8 in a closely-contested match. Waller/Trinh Luong beat Clay Staub/Carson Leonhardt 10-6.
Mustangsâ€™ head coach Mike Davis was pleased with his teamâ€™s win and also credited Berry Academy for its improvement.
â€œBerry has improved a lot since last year. The team had to play well to get the win. Drew, Pete, Kendall and Adam rolled to easy wins in singles,â€ he said.
â€œAlthough Clay suffered his first loss of his career, he put forth a valiant effort sacrificing his body for the good of the team,â€ Davis added.
East Lincoln improves to 6-4 on the season with the victory.
Newton-Conover beat Lincolnton 9-0 on Thursday.
Adil Huselja competed against Andy Schmidt at No. 1, but came up short 6-2, 6-2. Bryan Clark and Michael Sharpe won a game.
Wolvesâ€™ head coach Chris Hoffman believes the Red Devils will contend with Shelby for the Midwest 2A crown.
â€œAdil gave Andy Schmidt a good match at No. 1, but otherwise we didnâ€™t do well in singles. Doubles was much the same, In No. 1 we had a little success,â€ he said.
Lincolnton is now 0-7 with an 0-2 MW 2A mark.
by John Mark Brooks