Knights bounce back
North Lincoln took their frustrations, from having their 10-game win streak snapped, out on Bessemer City Tuesday, pounding the Jackets 17-0.
Nicole Baxter earned win No. 10 on the season as she pitched the first three innings, allowing no hits and walking none. Junior April Wilson maintained the shutout, pitching the fourth and fifth.
Leading the way offensively for the Lady Knights was junior Courtney Feldon, who had two triples, a single and two RBIs.
Sophomore Kayla Alexander went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and four RBIs. Baxter singled twice and had two RBIs, while Amanda Leonard, Donia McDonald and Wilson all had two-RBI doubles.
Samantha Harris and Mekenzie Harkey each had RBI-singles in the rout for the Lady Knights (12-2, 9-0).
East Lincoln tennis
East Lincoln downed West Lincoln 6-3 Tuesday.
Kendall Law, Houston Stokes, Adam Pressley and Payton Conner each notched victories for the Mustangs in singles play.
Matt Limone and Nathan Chapman won for the Rebels.
In doubles, Payton Conner/Stokes and Law/Leonhardt clinched the win for the Mustangs.
â€œThis was a tremendous win for us. We coming into the season the conference title would be decided today and the boys came out ready to play,â€ East Lincoln head coach Mike Davis said. â€œThe difficult part now is trying to maintain our level that we are playing at now through spring break next week,â€ he added.
In addition to the Southern Piedmont title, the Mustangs up their record to 11-4 on the season.
Noah Lopez/Limone won the lone doubles match for the Rebels.
North Lincoln tennis
Despite being without two players, North Lincoln beat Bandys Wednesday 6-3.
George Lampron, Daniel Paulk and Joe Fletcher each won singles matches, while David Mosely won his third match in a row after making the starting lineup.
Mosely, according to head coach Gary Crouse, has â€˜been a bright spot, anchoring the bottom end our lineup.â€™
Lampron/Paulk recorded another doubles victory. Scott Frushtick/Mosely also won in doubles.
â€œWeâ€™re playing pretty well right now. Itâ€™s a shame we have to take a break,â€ Crouse said.
One positive of the break is it will give Jay Frushtick and Matt McNally time to heal up from nagging injuries.
Monday the Knights will square off against the Rebels.
Southern Piedmont golf
Lincolnton and Highland Tech each shot a 328 to tie for first Tuesday in another Southern Piedmont golf match.
Leading the way for the Wolves were Morty Wadsworth and John Gilleland, who each shot an 80.
Jeff Ham led the Rams with a 72. Billy Cease shot a 74 to pace the Ironmen (332). Wesley Nale shot a 74 to lead the fourth-place Rebels (334).
North Lincoln finished in fifth, led by Kenny Bethea and Haynes Brotherton, who both shot an 84. Scott Brady paced the Mustangs with an 80. Casey Smith shot an 82 to lead the Vikings.
Monday, at West Lincoln, East Lincoln (328) bested the seven-team field.
Cherryville (335) finished second followed by Lincolnton (336), North Lincoln (338), West Lincoln (344) and Highland Tech (347).
South Iredell (352) rounded out the field.
Zach Kopka paced the Mustangs with a 77. Steven Dellinger paced the Ironmen with a 76. John Gilleland paced the Wolves with 78.
Kenny Bethea also shot a 78 for the Knights. Greg Beam shot an 81 for the host Rebels. Brad Looper paced the Rams with an 84, while Chase Rogers shot a 79.
by John Mark Brooks