VALE — The West Lincoln Rebels varsity baseball team exploded for 12 second-inning runs on their way to a 13-1 win over the North Lincoln Knights in five innings in Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference play on Friday.
The Rebels took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a bases-loaded groundball to first by second baseman Cody Dellinger.
But the Knights responded in kind, knotting the score at 1-1 with an RBI-double down the right field line by left-hander Nick Roberson.
“The way we handled the early part of the game was good,” West Lincoln head coach Allan Chapman said. “We limited it after one run and then we responded at the plate.”
Things then went quickly downhill for North Lincoln, which lost its second 10-run game in a row.
The Rebels nearly batted through their order twice in the bottom of the second. Derek Strange led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Houston Gilmore drew a walk and Brett Huff loaded the bases with a single to centerfield.
Dalton Towery hit a ground ball back to North Lincoln pitcher Brian Seymour, who threw to catcher Gabe Ellis for the force out at home.
West Lincoln’s Chandler Jenkins cleared the bases with a triple to centerfield and gave the Rebels a 4-1 lead. Jenkins then scored on a wild pitch during West Lincoln pitcher Cameron High’s at-bat.
High and designated hitter Mack George both drew walks and Dellinger loaded the bases again with an infield single to deep second base.
West Lincoln catcher Derrick Braun plated two more runs with a single to left field that forced North Lincoln to relieve Seymour with right-hander Mitchell Keener.
Keener lasted through five batters and when he was relieved by right-hander Michael Burke, the Rebels had amassed an 11-1 lead.
Strange’s RBI-single to left gave West Lincoln an 8-1 lead and another single to left by Gilmore loaded the bases. Huff drew a walk, bringing a run home, and Towery struck out of the second out of the inning.
Jenkins plated his fourth and fifth RBIs of the game with a double pulled down the right field line.
Burke gave up a two-RBI single to High for the final margin. George was hit by a pitch and Grayson Carroll popped out to short stop to end the inning.
High threw four innings with six strikeouts and six hits. Towery entered the game in relief in the top of the fifth and forced all three North Lincoln batters he faced to ground out in the infield.
The Rebels improved to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 in the conference for a first-place tie with East Lincoln. West Lincoln picked up an 11-6 win over the Draughn Wildcats on Saturday. Chris Callahan had three hits and scored three runs. Jenkins had two hits and three RBIs.
Alec Johnson started the game and pitched three innings and gave up one earned run.
The Rebels scored eight runs in the fourth inning.
West Lincoln travels to Burns for a nonconference game today at 7 p.m.
The Knights host Lake Norman Charter at 7 p.m. Tuesday.