The Lincoln County Cardinals came out of the weekend with one win, one loss and a rainout.
The Cardinals knocked off Huntersville Post 321, the top ranked team in the Area IV Eastern division, 12-7 on Friday. Lincoln County had 17 hits during the game, to Huntersville’s seven, and committed two errors. David Scoggins went three-for-three at the plate and was also the winning pitcher for the game. Clay Hodges went three-for-four at the plate, and Dylan Thompson added three hits in five plate appearances.
“We seemed to be very aggressive with the bats and Scoggins was very aggressive on the mound,” Lincoln County head coach Bruce Bolick said. “We came out swinging.”
The teams were tied 5-5 after the second inning, but the Cardinals took a 6-5 lead with one run in the third. Lincoln County exploded for six runs in the fifth, while Huntersville was able to muster only two more runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The Cardinals went from beating the top ranked team on Friday to losing to the bottom ranked Post 262 Queen City Mustangs on Saturday.
Queen City picked up the 5-1 win with an 11-hit effort, and allowed 10 hits to the Cardinals. Lincoln County scored its lone run in the top of the first inning with doubles from Clay Hodges and Addison Parrish. Queen City answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, two runs in the third and one run in the fourth.
“They jumped out on us early in the game,” Bolick said. “We had lots of people on base, with the bases loaded several times, but we also sprayed up several balls that went right to them. You have to give Post 262 credit, they hit the ball in very clutch situations.”
Jake Cochrane pitched in relief and gave up one run in the final six innings of the game.
Jacob Hoover (2-3) and Dylan Thompson (3-5) led the Cardinals at the plate.
Lincoln County’s game against Union County on Sunday at North Lincoln was postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been set.