The West Lincoln Rebels varsity baseball team has a Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference championship in sight with three conference games left, but two of those three games are against opponents in the top half of the league standings.
The Rebels fell to Cherryville 6-4 on Apr. 9, the team’s first conference loss of the season, and has won three straight since then. They are 8-2 in the last 10 games.
The team closes out the regular season with a nonconference game against Fred T. Foard today, a meeting at last-place Lincolnton, a home game against second-place East Lincoln on Friday and a road game at Lake Norman Charter in the season’s final game.
“Right now we’re playing pretty well,” West Lincoln head coach Allan Chapman said. “All year we’ve gotten good pitching and, for the most part, solid defense. We’re just trying to give ourselves the best opportunity each night.”
Pitching, defense and hitting has combined to allow the Rebels to outscore their conference opponents 83-23 on the season. The team has defeated East Lincoln twice — the first time 8-4 on Mar. 26 and the second 4-1 at the Shelby Easter Tournament on Apr. 4.
“We haven’t hit like we’d like to every night but usually we have someone hit really well,” Chapman said. “The good thing about our lineup is that there are nine guys that can carry us on any given night. All the pressure isn’t on one individual.”
No matter where they are in the standings, Chapman said the Rebels are enjoying the way the season is unfolding.
“The kids are having a great time, regardless of where they’re at,” he said. “They play well together, they enjoy each other, they spend time together on and off the field. They’re a really fun group of kids to coach and just hang out with.”