By RYAN HERMAN
Austin Rudisill went 3-for-4, Caden O’Brien pitched a three-hit shutout and visiting Maiden rolled Lincolnton 9-0 on Thursday.
The Wolves (3-14, 3-10 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A), who host West Caldwell in the regular season finale today, committed five errors, which led to six unearned runs.
The Blue Devils (10-8, 9-4) did most of their damage in the second with five runs on four hits and a pair of Lincolnton errors.
Matt Fowler’s RBI single drove in the first run of the inning, and was followed by three straight two-out, run-scoring doubles by Rudisill, Kyle Kelly and Jake McRee for a 6-0 lead.
An error allowed Dalton Hefner to score in the first, and a passed ball allowed Fowler to score in the third for a 7-0 lead.
Sam Poovey’s RBI hit in the fifth scored Rudisill, and Tyger McRee’s double in the sixth led to a run when McRee scored on the Wolves’ fifth miscue of the night.
The left-handed O’Brien gave up two singles to J.T. Bowden, and Curtis Fisher got a hit with two outs in the seventh.
O’Brien also walked Joe Goodson and Dayton Pfenning, but the Wolves managed just one baserunner beyond first base –– Bowden in the fourth.
O’Brien struck out eight.
Adam Campbell took the loss for the Wolves. The right-hander gave up seven runs, three earned, on seven hits, walked five and struck out two in four-plus innings.
The Blue Devils host East Lincoln (12-13, 10-3) tonight in a make-up from Tuesday’s rainout hoping to force a tie for second.
Bunker Hill (17-5, 11-3), which has already clinched at least a share of the league title, fell 14-13 at West Caldwell on Thursday and its regular season is complete. If East Lincoln, which downed West Lincoln 8-3 Thursday, beats the Blue Devils tonight the Mustangs and Bears will share the regular season crown going into next week’s conference tournament. If Maiden wins, it and East Lincoln will finish tied for second.
Tanner Cantrell, Mac Harris, Matt Lenox, Bowden, Goodson and Pfenning were honored by Lincolnton on senior night.