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Lady Rebels crush Devils

The West Lincoln Lady Rebels pounded Newton-Conover 12-0 on Thursday.
The Lady Rebels were led by seniors Katie Thornburg and Paula Jarrett. Jarrett went 2-for-3 at the plate and hit a two-run homer. She also scored two runs.
Thornburg was also 2-for-3 with three RBIs, a sacrifice and run scored.
“They’re doing well as seniors, showing leadership and serving as an example to the younger players,” West Lincoln’s head coach Mia Cooke said.
Sophomore Kendall Barrett took a page out of the seniors’ book, going 2-for-4 with two singles, a double and RBI. She also scored one run.
Junior Katie Davis pitched a complete-game shutout, scattering five hits and striking out seven batters. Fellow junior Sheana Black had been the only Rebels’ pitcher to notch a shutout until Thursday.
Black’s shutout came against Hickory High School. Against the Tornadoes, Black faced 21 batters, struck out five and only allowed two hits.
Cooke has been impressed with her pitchers this season.
“They have faced a lot of good teams and they have shown they can handle the pressure,” Cooke said of Black, Davis and sophomore Holly Hoover.
Davis also was solid at the plate, helping her own cause going 2-for-3 with a RBI and sacrifice. She also scored three runs.
Junior Candi Taylor scored three runs and had one RBI. Anna Knight was 1-for-1, but reached base twice via walks with one run scored.
“The ladies played a great game against Newton-Conover. They all worked together as a team,” Cooke said.
The blowout win was good because it seemed to wake up the dormant bats of the Lady Rebels.
“Lately, as a whole team, we have been in a batting slump. It felt good to see the girls getting their bats back,” Cooke said.
West Lincoln will host Bandys on Thursday. The Rebels are 7-8 on the season with a 3-5 Midwest 2A Conference record.
“It’s big. It’s very important because it’s a conference game and with our record below .500 we’re trying to make a push for the playoffs,” Cooke said.
There will be a JV game Thursday at 4:30 p.m. which will be five innings long and Senior Night will follow immediately thereafter.
by John Mark Brooks

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