North Lincoln downed Polk County 7-3 Wednesday night at Polk County.
Junior Josh Belk (2-2) pitched his second-consecutive complete game. He struck out 11 batters and walked eight in giving up only two hits.
â€œHe wants the ball and heâ€™s going to go out there and give it everything heâ€™s got. He didnâ€™t have his best stuff against Polk, but I kept asking him if he was ready to come out and he said no,â€ Knightsâ€™ head coach Sean Andrews said of Belk.
Belk also helped his own cause at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a homerun and two RBIs. Michael Gibson also had two hits with a 2-for-4 performance with one RBI and a stolen base.
T.J. Skidmore also went 2-for-4 with a RBI. Kyle Baker doubled off the top of the fence, just missing a homerun.
Sophomore Trent Hopkins went 0-for-1 with three walks ending his hit streak at 12 games.
Daniel McEntyre, who has stolen 32 bases in 17 games, hit a two-run homer in the third.
The Knights collected nine hits in the game and couldâ€™ve had more according to Andrews.
â€œWe killed the ball. Any time we hit the ball, theyâ€™re guy was either catching it at their face or at their shoulder,â€ he said.
The win raises North Lincolnâ€™s record to 5-1 in the Southern Foothills 1A Conference. They are second behind Bessemer City.
by John Mark Brooks