Lady Rebels win opener
West Lincoln beat South Iredell 14-5 in the Southern Piedmont softball opener Tuesday.
Leading the Lady Rebels was Whitney Ellis who went 4-for-5 at the plate. Haley Hoover was 3-for-4 in the win.
Other leading hitters were: Sheana black and Kendall Barrett who both went 3-for-5 and Whitney Sain who was 2-for-4.
Black threw six innings, struck out seven batters, allowed no walks and surrendered just four hits to earn the win on the mound.
West Lincoln ups its record to 2-3, 1-0 on the season.
West Lincoln baseball
West Lincoln fell to South Iredell 7-4 Tuesday in both teamâ€™s Southern Piedmont opener.
Starter Jake Watts allowed six hits in four and one third innings with five strikeouts. Ryan Rhodes gave up three hits in two and two thirds, while striking out three in suffering the loss.
Errors derailed high hopes entering the conference opener, as the Rebels committed five in the game.
â€œWe can not afford to make errors. We got five errors and if we donâ€™t hit well, weâ€™re going to struggle against anybody and thatâ€™s what happened,â€ Rebels head coach Allan Chapman said.
Korey Martin hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Payden Houser went 2-for-4 in leading the Rebels. Jimmy Creese notched the win on the mound for the Vikings.
The Rebels canâ€™t dwell on the loss too long. Today, they visit Hunter Huss before heading to the Corral Friday to face the Mustangs.
â€œWe expect to play a little better. The kids will be excited. That will be a county game for them and weâ€™ll know a little more about them. We didnâ€™t know anything about South Iredell,â€ Chapman said. â€œHopefully, weâ€™ll play with a little more passion and purpose and give ourselves a chance,â€ he added.
Cherryville vs. Lincolnton
Cherryville downed Lincolnton 17-5 led by Tripp McSwain, Steven Hoyle and eight errors by the Wolves defense.
McSwain recorded three hits, while Hoyle hit his second homer of the season. Bright spots for the Wolves were senior Kenny Reed and sophomore Nate Wright.
Reed stroked his second grand slam in his career, while Wright went 2-for-3.
Jeremy Craft earned the win on the mound for the Ironmen, while Brad Goodson was the losing pitcher.
â€˜Weâ€™re just not going to win many ballgames making eight errors. Youâ€™re not going to beat Little League teams doing that,â€ Wolves head coach Cole Sigmon said. â€œNot only are we struggling with physical errors, but weâ€™re also struggling with the mental. As a coach, I donâ€™t know which oneâ€™s worst,â€ he added, noting that six of the 17 runs were earned.
by John Mark Brooks