With regular season play complete in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A and North Piedmont 3A/4A baseball and softball races, postseason tournament pairings in the NP3A/4A are complete.
The SD-7, not so much.
Baseball and softball league tournaments begin this week for all three conferences involving Lincoln County teams. Times and pairings have been announced for both tournaments in the NP3A/4A, and the pairings are settled in the SD-7 baseball tournament.
There are still some ties that need to be broken in order to seed the SD-7 softball tournament, and play isn’t complete in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference. Those tournaments will begin on Wednesday.
In the North Piedmont 3A/4A baseball tournament, North Lincoln finished fifth after its loss to Statesville on Friday and will travel to No. 4 West Iredell for a first round game today at 6 p.m. Its softball team finished second and will host South Iredell today at 4:30 p.m.
The baseball semifinals and finals are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at North Lincoln. The softball semifinals and finals will be at league champion Alexander Central on Tuesday and Thursday.
The pairings are all that are known for the SD-7 baseball tournament, as the league had not yet released official game times as of Sunday night. The tournament will begin on Tuesday at the higher seed, with the semifinals and finals held Thursday and Friday at the Legion Fairgrounds off U.S. 70 in Hickory.
Due to its loss to Maiden on Friday, East Lincoln finished tied for second with the Blue Devils but drew the No. 3 seed due to tie-break rules. Maiden split with conference champion Bunker Hill will the Bears swept the Mustangs.
East Lincoln hosts No. 6 Bandys on Tuesday.
Lincolnton, which finished tied for seventh with Newton-Conover but lost the tiebreaker because the Red Devils split with Maiden while it swept the Wolves, travels to Bunker Hill Tuesday. West Lincoln, which finished fifth, heads to No. 4 West Caldwell.
The SD-7 softball tournament pairings should be released today. Three teams –– Bandys, Bunker Hill and East Lincoln –– finished tied for second behind league champion West Lincoln. Maiden and Lincolnton are set in the fifth and sixth place spots, while Newton-Conover and West Caldwell finished tied for seventh.
The tournament will be held at Betty G. Ross Park.
LINCOLN CHARTER 7, COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF DAVIDSON 3: At Lincoln Charter, the Eagles won their regular season finale on Friday.
Adam Hutson (double, two runs), Ian Chryst (hit, three RBIs, two runs), Zach Hollar (2-for-3, run), Andy Jones (hit, run), Nick Roser (hit, two RBIs), Nathaniel Scoggins (hit, RBI, run) and Christian Hilty (hit) led the Eagles. Hollar gave up three runs on five hits, walked none and struck out 11 in the win.
Lincoln Charter (13-6, 9-3) awaits the SP1A tournament pairings. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
MAIDEN 6, EAST LINCOLN 5: At Maiden, the Blue Devils won a sloppy game to force a second-place tie on the final day of the regular season.
The teams combined for eight errors, the Hickory Daily Record reported, with Maiden scoring three unearned runs in the sixth inning after trailing 5-3. The game was a make-up of last Tuesday’s rainout.
East Lincoln (12-14, 10-4) hosts Bandys on Tuesday to open the SD-7 tournament.
STATESVILLE 7, NORTH LINCOLN 4: At North Lincoln, the Knights fell to fifth in the final NP3A/4A standings with the loss.
Zach McGinnis (single), Bryan Seymour (single), Zach Avery (single), Alex Pickeral (double), Zac Reeder (double), Cameron Walker (single) and T.J. Carswell (RBI) led the Knights, who allowed the Greyhounds three runs in the final three innings. Reeder gave up five runs, three earned, on seven hits, walked three and struck out 15 in the loss. The game was a make-up of last Tuesday’s rainout.
North Lincoln (11-11-1, 6-8-0) finished fifth and must travel to No. 4 West Iredell to open the conference tournament at 6 p.m. today.
WEST LINCOLN 5, BANDYS 1: At Bandys, the Rebels won their regular season finale and finished fifth in the SD-7. The game was a make-up of last Tuesday’s rainout. No other details were reported.
West Lincoln (9-13-1, 6-8-0) opens the SD-7 tournament at No. 4 West Caldwell on Tuesday.
EAST LINCOLN 7, BANDYS 6: At East Lincoln, the Mustangs wrapped up the regular season on Friday by scoring three runs in the final inning to force a three-way tie for second in the SD-7.
Booth Braswell (double, two runs), Taylor Wilson (3-for-4, double, triple, two RBIs, two runs), Maddie Hatfield (2-for-4), Carly Johnson (3-for-4, double, two RBIs), Kaley Reels (RBI) and Payton Mills (2-for-3, double, two RBIs, run) led the Mustangs. Johnson gave up six runs on eight hits, walked four and struck out three in the win.
East Lincoln (12-7, 10-4) awaits the pairings for the conference tournament, which begins this week. Saturday’s game was a make-up from Wednesday’s postponement.
LINCOLN CHARTER 15, COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF DAVIDSON 0, 5 INN.: At Lincoln Charter, the Eagles wrapped up a perfect season in SP1A play with the win on Friday. No other details were reported.
Lincoln Charter (15-4, 12-0) awaits the conference tournament pairings. It is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
EAST LINCOLN 13, MAIDEN 3: At Maiden, the Mustangs scored seven runs in the sixth inning to put the SD-7 make-up game away.
Booth Braswell (2-for-4, RBI, two runs), Taylor Wilson (3-for-4, double, triple, three RBIs, two runs), Kaelyn Edwards (double, two RBIs, run), Heidi Parker (1-for-2, run), Maddie Hatfield (hit, two runs), Sarah Thompson (3-for-4, two doubles, RBI, two runs), Carly Johnson (3-for-5, double, triple, two RBIs), Kaley Reel (3-for-4, two doubles, RBI, run) and Payton Mills (hit, RBI, run) led the Mustangs. Johnson gave up three runs on eight hits, walked none and struck out eight in the win.
NORTH LINCOLN 15, STATESVILLE 0, 5 INN.: At North Lincoln, the Knights wrapped up their regular season and second place in the NP3A/4A with the rout. No other details were reported.
North Lincoln (16-4, 11-3) hosts South Iredell at 4:30 p.m. today in the conference tournament.
WEST CALDWELL 15, LINCOLNTON 5: At Lincolnton, the Wolves were defeated in their regular season finale thanks in part to six errors.
Gracie Parker (hit), Allison Brown (2-for-3, two RBIs, run), Saylor Whitesides (2-for-4, run), Shelby Rollins (2-for-4, triple, RBI, run), Laken Homesley (2-for-4, run) and Ashley Duncan (2-for-4) led the Wolves. Courtney Campbell gave up 15 runs, 10 earned, on 14 hits, walked one and struck out three.
Lincolnton (5-13, 3-11) awaits the pairings for the SD-7 tournament.
LINCOLN CHARTER 3, PINE LAKE PREP 1: At Lincoln Charter, the Eagles remained undefeated in the SP1A with the win.
Caitlyn Miller scored two goals and Tori Jackson added a goal and an assist. Kali Snider added an assist on a corner kick and Erin Wright assisted a goal. Keeper Katherine Doyle had five saves in goal as the Eagles outshot Pine Lake Prep 16-10.
Lincoln Charter (15-4, 7-0) hosts league co-leader Community School of Davidson at 4:30 p.m. today.