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Ending on a good note

Lincolnton’s softball team won its final three games of the regular season.
First, they defeated East Lincoln in come-from-behind fashion 10-9, after trailing 9-5 entering the seventh.
Brittany Minteer reached on a strikeout throwing error by the catcher, which tied the game at nine versus the Lady Mustangs.
Heather Flynn beat out a throw to first for an infield hit to score Sara Freeman to complete the dramatic rally.
Freeman recorded the win on the mound for the Lady Wolves.
Leading hitters were Madison Lanier, who went 2-for-4, Rachel Lanier, who went 2-for-3, Morgan Wolf, who went 2-for-4, Freeman and Flynn, who were 2-for-5 and Adrienne Costner, who was 1-for-4.
In the second game, the Lady Wolves benefited from a forfeit by North Lincoln, who unknowingly used an ineligible player in a 15-0 defeat of Lincolnton.
“We unknowingly allowed a girl to play versus Lincolnton, who did not complete a half-day of school,” Knights head coach Rick Brown said. “Once we became aware of what happened, we immediately turned ourselves in,” he added.
In the regular season finale, Lincolnton jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Highland Tech before three errors and three hits strung together allowed the Lady Rams to tie the contest up.
With the score knotted at five, Wolf showed good speed on an-inside-the-park homer to win the game for the Lady Wolves.
Harlie Roberts was the winning pitcher, allowing six hits, striking out three batters, walking none and surrendering three earned runs.
Wolf went 2-for-4 to lead Lincolnton at the plate. Roberts, the Laniers and Costner all went 1-for-3.
The Southern Piedmont Conference softball tournament will get underway this week.
by John Mark Brooks

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