Wolves down Lincolnton
Lincolnton (1-11, 1-4) picked up its first win of the tennis season over Cherryville 5-4 Monday.
Adil Huselja, Fernando Sunsing and Colby Rash scored singles wins for the Wolves, while Montgomery Fortenberry, Logan Stewart and Matt McFee notched victories for the Ironmen.
The doubles tandem of Huselja and his partner and Sunsing/Rash allowed the Wolves to win their first match.
â€œI`m so happy for this group of guys and especially Adil Huselja our only senior,â€ Lincolnton head coach Phil Ayers said.
â€œI had two goals in mind when I accepted the boys tennis position. My first goal was to simply get more kids out and secondly to get in the win column. So, in retrospect, the program is moving in a positive direction,â€ he added.
East Lincoln let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers with a 4-1 loss to Bessemer City Tuesday.
Michael Franklin threw a complete game, striking out five and surrendering just three hits for the Yellow Jackets.
Mitchell Lynch, who threw three and two thirds, striking out five and allowing four hits and three runs, took the loss.
Bessemer City (13-7, 8-3) had five hits. East Lincoln (11-8, 6-5) had three.
Greyson Schram and T.J. Chapman both 1-for-3. Chapman scored the lone run for the Mustangs.
â€œWe missed a huge opportunity to be evened up with all the 2A schools with North Lincoln losing to Highland Tech. It also wouldâ€™ve given Bessemer City four losses,â€ East Lincoln head coach Chris Matile said.
Instead of crying over spilled milk, Matile and company now will attempt to win out in an effort to secure the highest seed possible for the Southern Piedmont Conference Tournament.
â€œWe need to go into the tournament with a good seed. Any team can beat anybody, itâ€™s been proven throughout the season. No team in the conference season is a wash,â€ he said.
North vs. Highland Tech (doubleheader)
The Knights split a doubleheader versus Highland Tech Tuesday.
In the first game of the twin bill, the Rams outlasted North Lincoln 8-7.
Chris Hogue scattered nine hits, had six strikeouts and two walks in the loss.
Trent Hopkins went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Hogue was 1-for-2 with one run scored and Sam Williams was 1-for-1 with a two-RBI double.
Josh Belk also was 1-for-2 and had two stolen bases.
Tripp Miller worked four innings, had five strikeouts, scattered eight hits, two runs and no walks in the Knights 7-3 victory, giving Miller his first win of the season.
Kyle Baker went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored to pace the Knights at the plate. Belk went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Hogue was 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Williams continued his solid contributions, going 1-for-1 with two more RBIs, while Hopkins also chipped in with two RBIs.
The Knights were without the services of five of their players who were suspended for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team.
by John Mark Brooks