PUMPKIN CENTER — The North Lincoln Lady Knights tried all the tricks of the softball trade in their 3-1 win over the South Iredell Lady Vikings on Friday.
North Lincoln attempted slaps, bunts and steals, but in the end it was a pair of old-fashioned hits that brought in all three runs and sent the Lady Knights to a second round game against Polk County on Tuesday.
While the game was scoreless through the first three innings, South Iredell got onto the board when left-hander Taylor Grotheer, the fourth inning’s leadoff batter, pulled a pitch from North Lincoln’s Hollyn Franklin down the right field line for a solo home run.
North Lincoln was quick to respond with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Courtney Trickle (2-3) reached first on a groundball to right field, and advanced to third when the South Iredell short stop misplayed a grounder from Payton Bruce (1-2). Peyton Wilson drew a walk to load the bases, and Gabby Solomita (2-4) blasted a two-RBI single to left field to give the Lady Knights the lead.
North Lincoln added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Austin Rice executed a slap hit to short stop and beat the throw to first base safely, but was thrown out while attempting to steal second.
Bruce drew a walk, and was moved over to third on Solomita’s two-out double that hit the right field fence.
Maggie Robinson (2-4) took her second pitch from South Iredell’s Crissy Bass to left field for an RBI double and a 3-1 North Lincoln lead.
Franklin pitched the complete game for North Lincoln and finished with three strikeouts, six walks and two hits.