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Leonhardt, WL softball down Maiden

West Lincoln’s Erin Huff slides safely into third base ahead of the tag in its Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference game against Maiden.

West Lincoln’s Erin Huff slides safely into third base ahead of the tag in its Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference game against Maiden.

Kylee Leonhardt is on a tear, and so is West Lincoln in its quest to win a Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference softball title.
Leonhardt hit her state-leading 10th home run of the season Thursday –– three ahead of the next closest girl –– as West Lincoln downed visiting Maiden 7-3 to stay a game ahead of second-place Bandys in the loss column.
Leonhardt, who homered for the third straight game, went 2-for-3 and added a double and four RBIs. The freshman’s 10 home runs leads the state according to teams that have submitted their stats to the website Maxpreps.com.
Erin Huff (2-for-3, RBI), Karsen Leonhardt (2-for-4, double, triple), Meredith Ferguson (2-for-3), Madison Ferguson (hit, RBI), Taylor Short (hit) and Raeven McCrodden (hit) led the Rebels, who scored 28 runs in a win at West Caldwell on Wednesday.
Cassidy Wise (15-3) struck out 13, walked two, and gave up two earned runs on six hits in the win.
West Lincoln (15-3, 11-1) travels to Bandys on April 29. The Trojans (9-2 SD-7) handed the Rebels their only league loss.

EAST LINCOLN 16, WEST CALDWELL 5, 5 INN.: At West Caldwell, the Mustangs reclaimed third place after losing it the night before via their win and Bunker Hill’s loss to Bandys.
Booth Braswell (hit, RBI), Taylor Wilson (hit), Ava Hicks (2-for-3, RBI), Heidi Parker (2-for-4, RBI), Madison Hatfield (2-for-5, four RBIs), Carly Johnson (3-for-3, home run, four RBIs), Kaley Reels (hit) and Payton Mills (hit, two RBIs) led the Mustangs. Johnson gave up five runs, three earned, on five hits, walked one and struck out four in the win.
East Lincoln (9-6, 7-3) hosts Newton-Conover today.
NORTH LINCOLN 10, LAKE NORMAN 4: At Lake Norman, the Knights scored nine runs in the last three innings to pad their lead on second place to two games in the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference race. No other details were reported.
North Lincoln (13-4, 9-3) hosts Statesville on April 29.
WEST LINCOLN 28, WEST CALDWELL 3, 5 INN.: At West Caldwell, the Rebels scored their most runs in the 10-year tenure of head coach Tyler Sain and set a school record for runs scored in an inning in the win on Wednesday.
West Lincoln scored 22 runs in the fifth inning alone, which beat the previous game high this season of 20 runs scored against Lincolnton.
Kylee Leonhardt (6-for-6, home run, eight RBIs), Katie Hively (6-for-6, double, four RBIs), Raeven McCrodden (4-for-4, triple, double, RBI, two walks, stolen base), Karsen Leonhardt (4-for-5, three RBIs, stolen base), Meredith Ferguson (2-for-4, two RBIs, walk), Madison Ferguson (2-for-6, home run, three RBIs), Lyla Sain (2-for-6, home run, three RBIs), Taylor Leatherman (hit, RBI), Erin Huff (hit, two walks), Taylor Short (hit, walk) and McKenzie Willis (hit, RBI) led the Rebels’ 30-hit parade, also a season high. Cassidy Wise (14-3) struck out seven, walked five and gave up six hits in the win.
NORTH LINCOLN 10, MOORESVILLE 3: At Mooresville, the Knights moved into second place in the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference race with their win and Lake Norman’s loss to West Iredell. No other details were reported.
LINCOLN CHARTER 2, BESSEMER CITY 0: At Bessemer City, the Eagles upped their Southern Piedmont 1A Conference lead to two games with the win.
Emily Kenley struck out 13 in the pitching win. Kyra Johnson went 2-for-3 and Hannah Taylor and Josie Weber went 1-for-2 each.
BUNKER HILL 12, EAST LINCOLN 2, 5 INN.: At Bunker Hill, the Bears used one big inning and held the Mustangs to four hits in the win.
Booth Braswell went 3-for-3 with a double and Taylor Wilson had a triple and two RBIs. Carly Johnson gave up nine runs, five earned, on five walks and three hits in the loss. Bunker Hill scored seven runs in the third.

LINCOLNTON 6, NEWTON-CONOVER 3: At Newton-Conover, the Wolves downed the Red Devils for a SD-7 win.
Dayton Pfenning went the distance in the win, and Jordon Easter capped a six-run seventh inning with a two-run home run.
Lincolnton (3-11, 3-9) will face North Lincoln on back-to-back days beginning Monday.
LINCOLN CHARTER 16, PINE LAKE PREP 2, 5 INN.: At Pine Lake Prep, the Eagles picked up a SP1A win by the mercy rule with 18 hits.
Barry Cheek (hit, RBI), Adam Hutson (2-for-3, double, three RBIs), Ian Chryst (RBI), Zach Hollar (3-for-3), Andy Jones (2-for-3, double, two RBIs), Will Deyoe (double), Nick Roser (3-for-5, four RBIs), Evan Hollar (hit), Nathaniel Scoggins (3-for-4, double, five RBIs) and Christian Hilty (2-for-3) led the Eagles. Scoggins gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits, walked one and struck out seven in the complete-game win.
Lincoln Charter (12-5, 8-3) is off until traveling to Walkertown on May 1.
WEST CALDWELL 4, EAST LINCOLN 3: At West Caldwell, the Warriors got their second walk-off win in as many days after trailing 3-1 entering the seventh on Thursday.
Nick Savoie went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Chase Watson had a double and an RBI, Nate Kinsch went 2-for-4 and scored a run and Carson Philemon went 2-for-4 for East Lincoln. Chris Cox went the distance in the loss, giving up four runs, one earned, on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
East Lincoln (9-9, 9-3) travels to Myrtle Beach for a three-day event on Monday.
LAKE NORMAN 10, NORTH LINCOLN 0, 6 INN.: At Lake Norman, the Knights were held to one hit in the loss.
Brian Seymour had North Lincoln’s lone hit. Gabe Ellis gave up seven runs, three earned, on 10 hits, walked two and struck out four in the loss.
North Lincoln (9-9, 6-6) hosts West Lincoln today.
EAST LINCOLN 9, NEWTON-CONOVER 3: At East Lincoln, the Mustangs kept pace in the SD-7 race with the win on Wednesday.
Nick Savoie pitched into the sixth on his senior night, allowing three unearned runs on two hits with six strikeouts. Brett Wright finished it with 1 1/3 scoreless, two-hit innings.
Austin Buchanan (2-for-4, two RBIs), Chris Cox (1-for-3, three RBIs), Carson Philemon (2-for-3, two runs), Chris Tomberlin (2-for-2, three RBIs) and Wright (2-for-2, run) led the Mustangs.
LINCOLN CHARTER 2, BESSEMER CITY 0: At Bessemer City, the Eagles snapped their two-game slide in conference play with the win.
Zach Hollar and Christian Hilty combined for the shutout. Hollar gave up five hits, walked two and struck out 11 in six innings in the win. Hilty picked up the save.
MOORESVILLE 2, NORTH LINCOLN 1: At Mooresville, the Knights fell into a fourth-place tie with the Blue Devils.
Zach McGinnis, Zac Reeder and Brian Seymour singled while Alex Pickerel homered in the seventh for North Lincoln’s lone run. Paul Cochrane gave up two runs on four hits, walked six and struck out five in the loss.
WEST CALDWELL 7, WEST LINCOLN 6, 8 INN.: At West Caldwell, the Rebels let a late lead slip away in the loss.
West Lincoln scored four in the top of the seventh to go up 6-3, but the Warriors rallied back to tie and force extra innings.
Cody Dellinger (hit), Tommy Garwood (hit, two RBIs), Chandler Jenkins (RBI), Ashton Rana (hit), Charles Mack George (hit) and Sam High (double, RBI) led the Rebels. Jenkins gave up one run on one hit, walked four and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings of relief in the loss.
BUNKER HILL 9, LINCOLNTON 0: At Lincolnton, the Wolves fell in a SD-7 game to the league’s top team. No other details were reported.

LINCOLN CHARTER 3, CHERRYVILLE 0: At Cherryville, the Eagles remained undefeated in conference play.
Caitlyn Miller, Tori Jackson and Elizabeth Brethen scored with Jackson (two) and Carly Jasinski on the assists. Katherine Doyle had two saves in the shutout.
Lincoln Charter (12-4, 4-0) travels to Pine Lake Prep on April 28.
NORTH LINCOLN 4, NORTH IREDELL 1: At North Lincoln, the Knights picked up their first conference win of the season. No other details were reported.
North Lincoln (1-7-2 NP3A/4A) travels to Mooresville on April 28.
BUNKER HILL 1, LINCOLNTON 1, DRAW: At Lincolnton, the Wolves and Bears finished with the SD-7’s first draw of the season. No other details were reported.
WEST LINCOLN-WEST CALDWELL POSTPONED: Wednesday’s SD-7 match has been rescheduled for April 30.


Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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