West Lincoln is one win away from an outright Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference softball title.
On Thursday, it clinched at least a share of it.
Raeven McCrodden had two hits and drove in two runs and Cassidy Wise tossed a five-hit shutout as the Rebels downed host East Lincoln 5-0 to claim at least half of the league crown.
West Lincoln (16-3, 12-1) can win its first league crown since 2010 outright today with a win at Bandys. The Trojans (11-3, 10-2) can force a share with a win.
Heather Truesdale went 2-for-2 and stole a base, Karsen Leonhardt had a double and an RBI, Katie Hively had a hit, Meredith Ferguson had a double and an RBI and Madison Ferguson had a hit for West Lincoln.
Maddie Hatfield went 1-for-2, Booth Braswell went 1-for-3, Taylor Wilson went 1-for-3, Carly Johnson went 1-for-3 and Heidi Parker went 1-for-2 for East Lincoln (10-7, 8-4). Carly Johnson gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits, walked four and struck out three in the loss.
Wise walked two and struck out nine.
The Mustangs travel to Maiden today then wrap up the regular season on Saturday with a home game against Bandys at 5 p.m.
MAIDEN 7, LINCOLNTON 3: At Lincolnton, the Blue Devils picked up a SD-7 win. No other details were reported.
Lincolnton (5-12, 3-10) wraps up the regular season today at home against West Caldwell.
WEST IREDELL 4, NORTH LINCOLN 3: At West Iredell, the Warriors rallied with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to win a key North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference contest.
West Iredell’s Braeden Daniels (win) and Brett Pope (save) held the Knights to four hits –– singles by Ty Pauley, Zac Reeder and Cameron Walker, and a double by Bryan Seymour. Starter Paul Cochrane gave up one run on four hits, walked four and struck out two in a no-decision. Gabe Ellis gave up three runs, none earned, on one hit, walked two and struck out one in the loss. North Lincoln led 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth.
The teams were fighting for the league’s top 3A state playoff berth. With the win, West Iredell has clinched that spot while North Lincoln will take the second spot.
North Lincoln (11-10-1, 6-7-0) hosts Statesville tonight in the regular season finale.
WALKERTOWN 7, LINCOLN CHARTER 2: At Walkertown, the Eagles fell in the non-conference game.
Andy Jones, Nick Roser, Kameron Reynolds, Matt Stokes (RBI, run), Ian Chryst (run) and Zach Hollar (RBI) singled for Lincoln Charter. Nathaniel Scoggins went 2-for-4. Scoggins gave up six runs on four hits, walked six and struck out two in three innings in the loss.
Lincoln Charter (12-6) hosts Community School of Davidson today.
MONROE CENTRAL ACADEMY 6, LINCOLNTON 0: At Monroe High, the Wolves had their season end in the first round of the NCHSAA state 2A dual-team playoffs. No other details were reported.
Lincolnton finished the dual-team season at 5-4.
LINCOLN CHARTER 3, THOMAS JEFFERSON 1: At Lincoln Charter, the Eagles held the Gryphons to three shots on goal Wednesday and stayed undefeated in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference.
Kali Snider scored two goals and Caitlyn Edwards added a goal for the Eagles.
LINCOLNTON 2, MAIDEN 1: At Lincolnton, the Wolves picked up a SD-7 on Thursday. No other details were reported.
Lincolnton (2-8-1 SD-7) hosts West Caldwell today.
EAST LINCOLN, LINCOLNTON QUALIFY FOR REGIONALS: The Mustangs and Wolves will take their teams to Catawba Country Club on Tuesday for the 2A West regional tournament. Lincolnton and East Lincoln qualified by finishing in the top half of the SD-7 standings.
The Wolves finished second with 1,864 total strokes. The Mustangs finished fourth with 1,936 total strokes. The league gets four team berths into the regionals. Champion Newton-Conover (1,697 strokes) and third-place Maiden (1,873 strokes) took the other two spots.
West Lincoln finished sixth with 2,207 strokes.
LINCOLN CHARTER QUALIFIES FOR REGIONALS: The Eagles finished third in the SP1A to clinch the league’s final berth in Tuesday’s 1A West regional tournament at Linville Country Club.
Pine Lake Prep won the league title with 1,318 strokes and Highland Tech finished second at 1,351. Lincoln Charter finished with 1,353.