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Wilson tosses no hitter
North Lincoln’s April Wilson threw her first career no-hitter versus Lincolnton in a 12-0 win Thursday.
The junior, and No. 2 pitcher, struck out six batters and walked none in an impressive performance.
“Between throwing mostly strikes and a good change-up, she kept Lincolnton off balance and they didn’t quite know what pitch to expect,” Lady Knights head coach Rick Brown said.
Wilson wasn’t only dominant on the mound, but she also dominated at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a RBI-triple.
Brown believed the confidence she built pitching carried over in producing on offense.
“I think she was so pumped up by how well she was pitching, it helped her to actually focus at the plate also.”
Possibly lost in the shadows of Wilson’s no-hitter, sophomore Kayla Alexander went 3-for-5 with five RBIs. Fellow sophomore Kim Shoemaker also went 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs of her own.
Junior Courtney Feldon doubled and tripled and had a RBI, while Jenna ‘Smiley’ Torbert also recorded two hits.
Donia McDonald, MeKenzie Harkey and Nicolette Honeycutt each singled.
Now just two games away from completing the first half of the Southern Piedmont schedule, the Lady Knights find themselves at 8-1, 5-0 on the season.
“We’ve been talking about if we can finish the first half undefeated, we will go into the second (half) with a one-game lead,” Brown said.
North Lincoln will host county rival West Lincoln Tuesday in another Southern Piedmont match-up.

East Lincoln tennis
The Mustangs downed Lincolnton 9-0 Thursday as they upped their record to 7-4 on the season.
Alex Willhite, Drew Keener, Kendall Law, Houston Stokes, Adam Pressley and Carson Leonhardt all recorded wins in singles play.
In doubles, Law/Willhite, Keener/Pressley and Stokes/Payton Conner notched victories.
The Wolves, who are largely inexperienced, remain winless on the season.
by John Mark Brooks

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