Special to LTN
PUMPKIN CENTER — North Lincoln pitcher Justin Norton made quick work of Lake Norman Charter en route to a 1-0 win Friday night at home that lasted only one hour and 15 minutes.
Norton pitched a complete game shutout allowing just two hits and striking out ten.
“I was trying to get that first pitch strike,” Norton said.
Lake Norman leadoff man Michael Dorsainvil wasted no time getting on base with a sharp single into right field to start the game. Norton then recorded his first strikeout of the night on the following batter but gave up a double to Kurt Stabasefski to put runners on second and third. However, Dorsainvil was thrown out trying to score on a fielder’s choice on the next batter. Then Norton struck out Ben Riggins to escape the jam untouched.
North Lincoln scored the only run of the night in the seventh after Andy Stidham blasted a triple off of Lake Norman Charter’s Jake Williams and crossed home on a Norton double to give North Lincoln the eventual 1-0 final.
Norton retired Lake Norman Charter in order in five of the final six innings; the only runner to reach base safely came on a throwing error by the shortstop.
“[Norton] hit his spots tonight,” North Lincoln head coach Jon Carpenter said about his pitcher. “He didn’t do too bad and he did get the game-winning RBI. I can’t complain about that.”
Williams only allowed five hits in his six innings while striking out seven, but the one earned run was enough to hand him the loss.
North Lincoln travels to East Lincoln Friday night to take on the Mustangs in the second round of the conference tournament.
“The kids wanted to play East,” Carpenter said. “We want to play them again so we’ll go back and give it our best.”
“We’re going to try and attack,” Norton said about Friday’s match-up with East Lincoln. “Every chance we get we’re going to try and hit the ball, or whatever we can to win.”