Nick Savoie tossed six-plus innings of shutout baseball to help East Lincoln down host Lincolnton, 8-0, on Wednesday and force a winner-take-first game tonight at Bunker Hill.
The Mustangs (8-7, 8-1 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A) meet the Bears (12-2, 8-1) tied atop the SD-7. East Lincoln’s only league loss came to Bunker Hill, 6-0, on March 20. Since then, the Mustangs have won seven of their last eight and five in a row.
Savoie struck out six and gave up five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Brett Wright finished it out with a hit allowed and a strikeout.
Austin Buchanan went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Nate Kinsch went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Cody Herman went 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run and Chris Tomberlin went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and scored a run. No details were reported by Lincolnton.
The Wolves (1-10, 1-8) travel to Bandys (2-10, 1-8) today looking to break the tie for last place.
ALEXANDER CENTRAL 4, NORTH LINCOLN 3: At North Lincoln, the Cougars held off a late Knights rally in a North Piedmont 3A/4A contest on Thursday.
Alex Pickerel doubled and drove in a run, Zach McGinnis had a hit, Zach Avery had a hit and an RBI, Ty Pauley had a hit and an RBI and Cameron Walker had a hit for North Lincoln, which was held to five hits. Paul Cochrane gave up three runs, none earned, on eight hits and struck out two in six innings in the loss. Zac Reeder gave up a run on two hits and struck out one in the seventh.
Tad Ratliff picked up the save for the Cougars, who led 4-1 entering the bottom of the seventh. Mason Stikeleather went six-plus, giving up three runs on five hits with four strikeouts.
North Lincoln (8-7, 5-4) fell to fourth in the standings and travels to North Iredell (3-9, 2-7) tonight. Alexander Central (11-4, 8-1), which is tied for first with Lake Norman, hosts Mooresville.
BUNKER HILL 9, WEST LINCOLN 0: At West Lincoln, the Bears held the Rebels to four hits –– three by Chandler Jenkins –– in the shutout on Wednesday.
Jenkins went 3-for-3 and Sam High added a single. Colton Chapman and Cooper Wray had two hits and three RBIs each for Bunker Hill, which broke open a close game with five runs in the fourth inning.
Alec Johnson gave up seven runs, two earned, on seven hits, walked three and struck out two in the loss. Chapman fanned 10 and walked three in six innings for the win.
West Lincoln (6-8, 4-5) hosts Newton-Conover today.
CHERRYVILLE 8, WEST LINCOLN 4: At Cherryville, the Ironmen completed the season sweep of the Rebels on Thursday. No other details were reported.
EAST LINCOLN 17, LINCOLNTON 2, 5 INN.: At Lincolnton, the Mustangs scored in every inning, including eight in the fifth to win the mercy-ruled contest.
Kaelyn Edwards had three hits and three RBIs, Madison Hatfield had two hits and three RBIs, Taylor Wilson had two hits and two RBIs, Booth Braswell had two hits and an RBI, Heidi Parker had three hits and an RBI, Sarah Thompson had a double and an RBI, Carly Johnson had a hit and Payton Mills had a hit and two RBIs.
Johnson gave up two runs on three hits, walked three and struck out four in the win. No details were reported by Lincolnton.
East Lincoln (8-5, 6-2) travels to Bunker Hill (5-3 SD-7) today while Lincolnton (4-8, 2-7) travels to Bandys (6-1 SD-7).
WEST LINCOLN 7, BUNKER HILL 1: At West Lincoln, the Rebels maintained their share of the SD-7 lead with the win.
Kylee Leonhardt went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, two RBIs and stole a base, Madison Ferguson went 2-for-4, Karsen Leonhardt had an RBI and stole a base, Katie Hively had a hit, Meredith Ferguson had a hit, an RBI and a walk, Erin Huff had a hit and two RBIs and Heather Truesdale had a hit for the Rebels. Kaja Travis homered for the Bears.
Cassidy Wise (12-2) gave up one run on six hits, walked two and struck out nine in the complete-game win.
West Lincoln (12-2, 8-1) hosts Newton-Conover (2-7 SD-7) today.
LINCOLN CHARTER 6, CHERRYVILLE 0: At Lincoln Charter, the Eagles maintained first place in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference. No other details were reported.
Lincoln Charter (11-2, 8-0) hosts Highland Tech (2-5 SP1A) today.
ALEXANDER CENTRAL 17, NORTH LINCOLN 1, 5 INN.: At North Lincoln, the nationally-ranked Cougars stayed undefeated and dropped the Knights into a tie for second with Lake Norman on Thursday.
Sidney Russell, Hollyn Franklin, Jayden Maddox and Peyton Wilson had a hit each for North Lincoln. Caroline Franck gave up five runs on five hits and walked two in an inning in the loss.
North Lincoln (10-4, 6-3) travels to North Iredell today.
LINCOLN CHARTER 5, HIGHLAND TECH 2: At Highland Tech, the Eagles kept their perfect SP1A record intact with the win on Wednesday.
Tori Jackson and Kali Snider scored two goals each while Elizabeth Brethen added a goal. Caitlyn Miller had two assist and Jordan Taylor, Ellen Minaudo and Snider had an assist each. Katherine Doyle had three saves in goal.
Lincoln Charter (9-4, 3-0) travels to Queen’s Grant for a non-conference match today.
BANDYS 1, LINCOLNTON 0: At Bandys, the Wolves fell in a SD-7 match on Thursday.
Katie Spaulding scored on an assist from Kimmie Jacobs in the 68th minute for the win.
Lincolnton (3-10, 1-7) hosts Bunker Hill on Tuesday.
NEWTON-CONOVER 9, WEST LINCOLN 0: At West Lincoln, the Red Devils blanked the Rebels. No other details were reported.
West Lincoln (0-12, 0-8) travels to West Caldwell on Tuesday.
BUNKER HILL 1, WEST LINCOLN 0: At West Lincoln, the Bears eked by the Rebels on Wednesday. No other details were reported.
SOUTH IREDELL 4, NORTH LINCOLN 0: At South Iredell, the Vikings held the Knights scoreless. No other details were reported.
NL FINISHES SECOND IN NP3A/4A MATCH: At Statesville Country Club, the Knights shot a 159 and finished four shots behind winner Lake Norman in a nine-hole match on Thursday.
Scorers for North Lincoln were Alston Taylor (38), Ben Hager (42), Jake Haynes (41), Nick Steele (38), Aaron Digh (43) and Zach McKinney (42).
Lake Norman’s Jonathan Moon shot a 36 to win co-medalist honors with Statesville’s Luke Bates.
NL TIES FOR SECOND IN NP3A/4A MATCH: At Brushy Mountain Golf Course in Taylorsville, the Knights shot a 159 to finish in a second-place tie with Mooresville and one stroke behind champion Lake Norman on Wednesday.
North Lincoln’s Jake Haynes was the medalist. He shot a 36 in the nine-hold match. Other Knights scorers were Alston Taylor (39), Ben Hager (43), Nick Steele (41), Aaron Digh (48) and Alex Prunier.
TRACK AND FIELD
LINCOLN CHARTER’S FAMULARI NAMED SP1A MOST OUTSTANDING FIELD ATHLETE: At Bessemer City, Christina Famulari was named the league’s most outstanding field athlete at the SP1A track and field championships on Wednesday.
Famulari won the shot put title with a throw of 28 feet. Lincoln Charter’s girls finished second with 104 points behind Bessemer City, which scored 157. Lincoln Charter’s 4-by-800-meter relay team of Hannah Martin, Taylor Hughes, Kyndall Morros and Anna Cunningham won a title, as well as its 4-by-400-meter team of Martin, Morrow, Cunningham and Halla Jackson. Lincoln Charter’s boys finished sixth.