The Lincoln County Cardinals orchestrated a come-from-behind victory, 9-5, over the Queen City Mustangs on Saturday to even their conference record in the North Carolina American Legion Area IV standings at 2-2.
The Cardinals jumped on the board with one run in the bottom of the first and three runs in the fourth, but a three-run home run in the top of the fifth, one run in the top of the sixth and one run in the top of the seventh gave Queen City a 5-4 lead. The Cardinals responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh and added two more in the bottom of the eighth for the final margin.
Lincoln Charter left-hander David Scoggins started the game for the Cardinals and went through the first three innings without giving up a hit. Southlake Christian’s Bradley Hallman came in for relief in the sixth inning.
“David threw the ball very well,” Lincoln County head coach Bruce Bolick said. “He went an inning longer than he has before. We have several pitchers that we’re trying to build up, and he’s one of them.”
Bolick said the win was an important one in terms of team morale. The Cardinals now have a 2-7 overall record, and have faced fierce competition early in the season. Saturday’s win places the Cardinals in fourth place in the eight-team Area IV standings, behind Mint Hill, Union County and Gaston Post 266.
“We’ve lost some games, but we’ve played some pretty good teams,” he said. “Sometimes the kids get down when you don’t win as much as you’d like, but as far as I’m concerned we’re just trying to get our pitching in shape.”
Lincoln County travels to Gastonia at Sims Legion Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday.