With a four-run lead in the top of the seventh inning Friday host North Iredell fell apart and North Lincoln took advantage.
The Knights benefited from a lead-off walk, three errors, a passed ball, two dropped third strikes, and a hit –– all in the seventh inning –– to rally to win the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference game after trailing 5-1 entering the seventh.
Zach McGinnis drew the lead-off walk after falling behind in the count 0-2, then North Iredell (3-10, 2-8) retired two of the next three batters.
After taking third on defensive indifference, McGinnis scored on a passed ball while Brian Seymour, who reached on an error, moved to third. The first dropped third strike allowed Seymour to score and Zac Reeder to reach, then the second error of the inning allowed Alex Pickerel to reach and moved Reeder to second.
Gabe Ellis struck out, but reached on the second dropped third strike, allowing Reeder to score and Pickerel to take third. Cameron Walker singled, scoring Pickerel, then Ellis scored the go-ahead run on the third North Iredell error of the inning.
Reeder came on and retired the side in order in the seventh for the save with a strikeout. Ellis pitched the sixth and worked around two hit batters for win. Mitchell Keener gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits and struck out one in five innings in the no-decision.
Avery had two doubles, Ty Pauley had a hit and an RBI and Walker had two hits and an RBI.
North Lincoln (9-7, 6-4), which sits in fourth overall and is in second among 3A teams in the league standings, travels to Mooresville on Tuesday.
LINCOLNTON 10, BANDYS 3: At Bandys, the Wolves picked up their second Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference win of the season.
Joe Goodson doubled twice and drove in three runs, Bradley Franklin doubled and had two RBIs and Mac Harris and Quinlan Turner had two RBIs each for the Wolves, who beat the Trojans for the second time this season and moved into seventh place in the league standings.
Dayton Pfenning tossed a complete-game three hitter for the win.
Lincolnton (2-10, 2-8) hosts league-leading Bunker Hill on Tuesday.
HIGHLAND TECH 8, LINCOLN CHARTER 4: At Lincoln Charter, the Rams sent the Eagles to their second straight loss and into a tie for second in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference race.
Matt Stokes went 3-for-3, Christian Hilty singled and drove in two runs, Nick Roser had a hit and an RBI and Nathaniel Scoggins had an RBI for Lincoln Charter, which fell behind 7-0 in the first three innings. Zach Hollar gave up eight runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out three in three innings in the loss.
Lincoln Charter (9-5, 6-3), which is tied with Highland Tech, hosts Gaston Christian today.
WEST LINCOLN 16, NEWTON-CONOVER 0, 4 INN.: At West Lincoln, the Rebels maintained their lead in the SD-7 with the win.
Karsen Leonhardt (4-for-4, two RBIs, double), Madison Ferguson (3-for-3, two RBIs, home run), Katie Hively (3-for-3, RBI, double, stolen base), Kylee Leonhardt (2-for-2, four RBIs, home run, double), Taylor Leatherman (hit, two RBIs), Raeven McCrodden (hit, two stolen bases), Heather Truesdale (hit, two RBIs, stolen base) and Erin Huff (hit, stolen base) led the Rebels. Cassidy Wise (13-2) struck out 11, walked one, hit one and gave up two hits in the win.
West Lincoln (13-2, 9-1) hosts Fred T. Foard today at 4:30 p.m.
LINCOLN CHARTER 14, HIGHLAND TECH 3: At Lincoln Charter, the Eagles remained unbeaten in SP1A play.
Lily Pressley went 2-for-2, Hannah Taylor went 3-for-3, Lindsay Hoyt went 3-for-4, Emily Kenley went 2-for-3 and Morgan McGee went 2-for-3 to lead the Eagles. Josie Weber picked up the win.
Lincoln Charter (12-2, 9-0) travels to Bessemer City on Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets are a game behind the Eagles in second place.
BANDYS 12, LINCOLNTON 1, 5 INN.: At Bandys, the Wolves were held hitless in the loss.
Ashley Duncan reached on a walk in the first and scored. Shelby Rollins also reached on a walk and Gracie Parker reached on an error for the Wolves’ only three baserunners. Courtney Campbell gave up 12 runs, eight earned, on 13 hits and walked five in the loss.
Lincolnton (4-9, 2-8) hosts East Gaston in a non-conference game today.
NORTH LINCOLN 9, NORTH IREDELL 8: At North Iredell, the Knights picked up a NP3A/4A win to stay tied with Lake Norman for second place. No other details were reported.
North Lincoln (11-4, 7-3) travels to Mooresville on Tuesday.
LINCOLN CHARTER 8, MINT HILL QUEEN’S GRANT 0: At Queen’s Grant, the Eagles got the non-conference shutout win.
Caitlyn Miller scored five goals while Elizabeth Brethen, Kali Snider and Kait Ashby scored a goal each. Tori Jackson had four assists and Rachel Medina, Snider and Miller had an assist each. Katherine Doyle and Ashby combined in goal for the shutout.
Lincoln Charter (10-4) travels to Christ the King today.