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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.
Mustangs’ 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 Lincoln’s No. 3 seed Pete Pitsikoulis blanked Donnie Brewington 6-0, 6-0.
Mustangs’ 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 singles’ 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.
Mustangs’ head coach Mike Davis was pleased with his team’s win and also credited Berry Academy for its improvement.
“Berry 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,” he said.
“Although Clay suffered his first loss of his career, he put forth a valiant effort sacrificing his body for the good of the team,” Davis added.
East Lincoln improves to 6-4 on the season with the victory.

Lincolnton tennis
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.
Wolves’ head coach Chris Hoffman believes the Red Devils will contend with Shelby for the Midwest 2A crown.
“Adil gave Andy Schmidt a good match at No. 1, but otherwise we didn’t do well in singles. Doubles was much the same, In No. 1 we had a little success,” he said.
Lincolnton is now 0-7 with an 0-2 MW 2A mark.

by John Mark Brooks

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