PUMPKIN CENTER â€” The Lincoln Charter Eagles took advantage of a few defensive mistakes by the North Lincoln Knights to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning on Thursday.
The Knights baseball team battled back and put one run of their own on the board in the bottom of the third. Lincoln Charter piled two more runs on in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the seventh for the win.
North Lincoln nearly rallied back in the bottom of the seventh. Justin Norton hit a single to the short stop, followed by Jake Cochraneâ€™s double to left field. Norton crossed home plate on a wild pitch and Cochrane was brought home on and RBI single by designated hitter Carson Jackson. A sacrifice bunt by Alex Ashby brought catcher Zach Reeder home for North Lincolnâ€™s last run.
North Lincoln head coach Jon Carpenter said the Knights were without several players who were on a field trip, but praised Lincoln Charterâ€™s offense.
â€œThey have some kids who know how to swing a bat,â€ he said. â€œLincoln Charter is the real deal. Itâ€™s not an excuse, by any means, but when you have seven players, five of whom are starters, at a DECA convention, it hurts. When I scheduled the game I knew they were going to be gone, but Iâ€™d rather play than practice.â€
Cochrane, as starting pitcher for the Knights, began the third inning by hitting Lincoln Charterâ€™s Ryley Harbour with a pitch. Zach Hollar reached first on a throwing error and Christian Hilty hit an RBI-single to bring Lincoln Charterâ€™s first run home.
David Scoggins followed that hit with a two-RBI double down the first base line to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
Sean Carder gave the Eagles a 5-1 lead in the top of the fourth with a two-RBI single to right-center field.
The Eagles started their three-run rally in the top of the seventh when leadoff batter Scoggins drew a walk. Nate Liska, Lincoln Charterâ€™s winning pitcher, drew another walk and Hunter Dodson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Harbour hit a two-RBI single to left field to bring Scoggins and Liska home. Hollar struck out on the next at-bat, but Reeder dropped the third strike, and Dodson crossed home as Reeder threw Hollar out at first.
The Knights travel to Forestview today. The Eagles host Bandys on Monday.