Lincoln Charter’s softball team keeps rolling along.
Emily Kenley hit a three-run home run and the Eagles battled back to down visiting Murphy 10-3 Tuesday in the third round of the NCHSAA state 1A softball playoffs.
Lincoln Charter’s reward for making its farthest state playoff run in the sport in school history is a four-hour trek to Hiwassee Dam High, which is located in the southwest corner of the state roughly 230 miles from Lincoln Charter’s Denver campus.
Hiwassee Dam (22-2), located in Murphy, advanced by beating Cherryville, 7-0.
The Eagles (19-4) fell behind Murphy 3-0 before rallying for the win. Kenley’s home run sealed the deal. Kayla Helms went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Josie Weber went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored three runs, and Kenley went 3-for-4 and added a double and three runs scored. Also driving in runs for Lincoln Charter were Angela Hoyt, Kayla Helms, Morgan McGee and Hannah Taylor.
Lincoln Charter, in the state quarterfinals for the first time, reached the third round in 2012, where it fell to South Stanly, 4-0.
According to records kept by the NCHSAA and published on its website, the Eagles’ three state playoff wins this season equal its previous total in four previous NCHSAA state playoff appearances.
Since a 2-1 non-conference loss to 4A Charlotte Olympic on May 1, Lincoln Charter has won five in a row and scored at least 10 runs in each win.
Since their last loss, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 72-3, with four shutouts. The three runs given up to Murphy ended a streak of 23 scoreless innings.