The Lincolnton Wolves won their second-consecutive Midwest 2A Conference game on Thursday, beating Bunker Hill 12-7.
Lincolnton singled three straight times to begin the game. Senior Will Fox played the role of opportunist, singling to right-center and knocking in two runs.
Freshman Nate Wright doubled to left with the bases loaded, scoring two more and the rout was on.
â€œThat inning was probably the biggest of the night. We were down 3-0, then weâ€™re up 4-3 and that probably helped Nateâ€™s confidence a lot,â€ Wolvesâ€™ head coach Cole Sigmon said.
Wright, normally on the other side of the pitching equation, saw his first action on the mound Thursday.
His effort was exceptional, pitching six innings, while allowing only two earned runs. He surrendered six hits. He broke even with seven strikeouts and seven walks.
It was also the first time senior Kyle Snyder has ever caught for the Wolves.
â€œThey both did a tremendous job. He did what we askedâ€”the ninth grader did a great job only giving up two earned runs,â€ Sigmon said.
â€œI think Kyle helped him out a lot because heâ€™s so athletic. Heâ€™s also a senior and it helps to have somebody like him behind the plate. He knows pitching, knows the ins-and-outs and he can help Nate out as the game goes along in any situation that might come up,â€ Sigmon said.
Dustin Weaver lead the hit parade for the Wolves going 4-for-5.
Justin Green continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-5 performance along with two RBIs.
Several batters went 2-for-4. Jeffrey Hurt and Shane Brackett were two that did, with two RBIs apiece. Wright helped his own cause also with two hits and three RBIs.
Matt Kuster went 1-for-4 with a RBI-double.
All in all, the Wolves pounded out a plethora of 16 hits in the game.
â€œWe hit it and we hit it. I just hope we can keep hitting it. The boys are doing a pretty good job and we just need to get on a roll, click a few more off and see what happens,â€ Sigmon said.
The senior-laden club has shown flashes of brilliance but has at times suffered with consistency.
Sigmon has never wavered from his belief in them. He just wants more focus.
â€œWeâ€™ve always known the potential is there. They just got to play,â€ he said.
The Wolves are back at .500 in the MW 2A at 5-5 with the win. They are 9-8 overall on the season.
Bunker Hill 300 000 4â€”7 9 3
Lincolnton 412 104 xâ€”12 16 3
by John Mark Brooks