The Lincolnton Wolves were in dire need of breaking a five-game losing streak, so they turned to â€˜Mr. Complete gameâ€™ senior Dustin Weaver.
The southpaw pitched five innings in a 12-0 win versus Chase on Tuesday. Weaver demonstrated excellent control, walking no one in a brilliant three-hitter. He also struck out seven batters.
â€œHe did a great job, kept the ball down. He was in command the whole night,â€ Wolvesâ€™ head coach Cole Sigmon said.
Another senior, first baseman Matt Kuster hit a three-run homer in the top of the fifth. It was Kusterâ€™s third homerun of the season.
While it was Kusterâ€™s blast over the left field fence that gave the Wolves a 12-0 lead, it was the No. 2 hitter Justin Green who did the most damage at the plate. Green went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, after moving from the bottom of Lincolntonâ€™s hitting lineup.
â€œHeâ€™s been swinging the bat well and he just continued today. He came through big for us,â€ Sigmon said.
Freshman Nate Wright also turned in a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 at the plate. Kyle Snyder went 1-for-3 and had two RBIs. Will Fox went 1-for-1 and Weaver went 1-for-2 with a double, as the away team pounded out 12 hits.
After dropping four-straight Midwest 2A games, the most recent at West Lincoln Friday, the Wolves desperately needed a conference win. Sigmon felt his team never letting the losses get them too down was part of the reason for Tuesdayâ€™s win.
â€œI donâ€™t think the guys ever got down while we had the losing streak going. Itâ€™s good to get back in the win column. Hopefully, we can put a streak back together and get back in this thing (Midwest 2A race),â€ he said.
Another bright spot for the visitors was they were flawless in the field committing no errors.
Lincolnton is back at .500, at 8-8 on the season with a 4-5 MW 2A Conference mark. They will host Bunker Hill Thursday or Friday, depending on the weather.
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by John Mark Brooks