DENVER — The Lincoln County Cardinals came out of the weekend with one win and one loss in Area IV division play at East Lincoln High School.
Lincoln County lost to Mint Hill 10-4 on Friday, but rebounded for a 10-0 win over Kings Mountain on Saturday.
The Cardinals had a 4-3 lead through seven innings of Friday’s game, but Mint Hill exploded for five runs in the top of the eighth and added two more in the top of the ninth for the win.
Jake Cochrane pitched 5.2 innings for the Cardinals, and gave up two runs and five hits while striking out four Mint Hill batters. Bradley Hallman was brought in for relief work and finished the game on the mound.
Lincoln County took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff batter Dylan Thompson reached first base on a fielding error by the Mint Hill third baseman, moved to second on Jacob Hoover’s single to right field and reached third on Cochrane’s groundout to short stop. Thompson crossed home with Danny Sullivan’s ground ball to third base.
Mint Hill evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the second with no outs, but Cochrane struck out a batter, tagged a runner out at home plate after a wild pitch, and caused a batter to hit a pop fly for the final out of the inning.
Hoover crushed a two-run home run over the center-field fence at The Corral in the bottom of the third to give the Cardinals a 3-1 advantage.
Mint Hill closed the gap with one run in the top of the fourth, and pulled even at 3-3 in the top of the seventh. Lincoln County short stop Randal Ortiz took the lead for the Cardinals with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh.
The Cardinals posted big numbers of their own against Kings Mountain, including a six-run eighth inning, and moved into fifth place in the Area IV standings with the win.
Left-hander David Scoggins picked up the win on the mound in 7.2 innings with five hits and eight strikeouts. He also added a three-run home run in the eighth inning.
Zach Reeder went three-for-four and Randal Ortiz went two-for-four at the plate for Lincoln County.
Three of the Cardinals’ standouts — Addison Parrish, Clay Hodges and Hayden Deal — played in the Powerade State Games this past week, and return to the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Gaston Braves at East Lincoln at 7 p.m.