Mustangs rebound from loss
The Mustangs rebounded from a 9-0 loss at the hands of Forestview with a 9-0 win over North Gaston Tuesday.
Alex Willhite, Drew Keener, Pete Pitsikoulis, Kendall Law, Houston Stokes and Adam Pressley earned singlesâ€™ wins.
In doubles, Willhite/Law, Keener/Grier Simmons and Pitsikoulis/Pressley earned wins.
Pitsikoulis did not lose a game in either single or doublesâ€™ play.
â€œPete was outstanding today. Adam ran into a few problems and lost the second set, but composed himself and cruised in the third set. We have three matches left and if we win all three, weâ€™ll qualify for state,â€ Mustangsâ€™ head coach Mike Davis said.
The Bandys Lady Trojans beat Lincolnton 6-3 Friday in softball.
Santana Edwards pitched a complete game, surrendering seven hits and two earned runs. She walked no one.
Edwards, Ashley Tipton, Hannah Parker and Lisa McCorkle each singled. Parker had a RBI.
North Lincoln tennis
Maiden defeated North Lincoln in a Southern Foothillsâ€™ tennis match 5-4 on Tuesday.
Blue Devilsâ€™ No. 1 seed Soloman Xiong beat George Lampron 6-2, 6-2. Knightsâ€™ No. 2 seed Daniel Paulk defeated Matt Lowman 7-5, 6-0. Blue Devilsâ€™ No. 3 seed Jeese Armstrong beat Zane Heafner 7-6, 6-2.
At No. 4, Northâ€™s Joe Fletcher beat Ying Vang 6-2, 6-2. Knightsâ€™ No. 5 Taylor Brown defeated Trevor Vance 6-1, 6-0. Maidenâ€™s Chee Xiong beat David Mosely 6-4, 6-0.
In doublesâ€™ play, Paulk/Lampron defeated Xiong/Lowman 8-5. Maidenâ€™s Armstrong/Vance beat Heafner/Fletcher 8-2. With the match hanging in the balance, Vang/Jimenez beat Brown/Mosely in a hard-fought 8-5 match.
The Knights fall to 6-7 with the loss with a 3-2 Southern Foothillsâ€™ record. They will host the SF 1A individualsâ€™ tournament Tuesday, April 26th. Play will begin at 3 p.m. The final four teams in both singles and doubles will advance to the 1A State Tournament.
In their last match, the Knights beat Highland Tech 8-1. Earning singlesâ€™ wins were Lampron, Paulk, Heafner, Brown and Mosely.
Paulk/Lampron, Heafner/Fletcher and Brown Mosely earned victories in doubles.
East Lincoln baseball
The East Lincoln Mustangs dropped their second-straight Big South 3A game falling to Forestview 7-6 Tuesday.
Mitchell Lynch only pitched two thirds of an inning before getting removed in favor of Nick Harmon.
Harmon pitched four and a third with two strikeouts. Greyson Schram pitched one inning and suffered the loss.
At the plate, the Mustangs were led by Schram who went 3-for-4 with 2 singles, a triple and a stolen base. Jake Black (2-for-4) and T.J. Chapman both homered for the away team. It was Chapmanâ€™s third homerun of the season. Lynch went 2-for-2.
The Mustangs fall to 10-8 with the loss and 5-4 in the BS 3A. Thursday, weather permitting, they will host North Lincoln.
by John Mark Brooks