The Lincolnton Wolves got off to a fast start against the Bunker Hill Bears Friday night, then cruised to a 10-3 Southern District-7 2A win over the Bears at Lincolnton.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Wolves followed up Devozshe Odum’s infield single with three consecutive walks. Following base on balls to Langdon Givens and Brent Franklin to load the bases, Karson Williams drew a RBI walk to give Lincolnton a 1-0 lead. Frank Hatchett then singled home Givens to make it 2-0.
The Wolves added to their lead in the second. Lane Hoover and Odum got back to back singles, and Givens drove them both in with a two-out two-run double. Franklin followed with a double of his own, pushing Givens across with the fifth Lincolnton run.
Bunker Hill got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Devin Perdue delivered a pinch-hit double, and later scored on Shea Maske’s two-out base hit to trim the Wolves lead to 5-1.
But in the bottom half of the fifth inning, Lincolnton all but put the game out of reach. Givens walked to lead off the inning, and Franklin followed with a single.
Williams then laid down a bunt single, and when the throw to first base sailed over first baseman Ande Farr’s head, it allowed both Givens and Franklin to come around to score.
A couple wild pitches got Williams home, while Hatchett and Mack Bowden were drawing walks. Hoover then drew yet another base on balls to load the bases again, and Odum picked up his third hit of the game, driving home Hatchett. Robbie Cowie picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice that scored Bowden, making it a 10-1 game.
The Bears put two runs on the board in the sixth inning when Lincolnton committed two infield errors. After Nick Watts score on one of the errors, Thaxton Isenhour singled home Maske to close the gap to seven. Hatchett, the Wolves starting pitcher, then recorded a strikeout to limit the damage.
Cowie closed out the game by pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning, giving Lincolnton their third win of the season.
Odum went 3 for 4 at the plate with an RBI to lead the Wolves. Franklin and Hatchett had two hits apiece for Lincolnton, who finished the game with 10 hits.
Maske, the only Bunker Hill player with multiple hits, went 3 for 3 at the plate with an RBI.
Hatchett, who picked up the win on the mound for the Wolves, allowed two runs, both unearned. In six innings of work, the senior allowed six hits, while striking out five and walking nobody.
The win puts Lincolnton at 3-3 on the season, and 2-2 in the SD-7. Bunker Hill fell to 4-4 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
The Wolves will travel to Newton-Conover on Tuesday, while the Bears will host Bandys.
Bunker Hill 000 102 0 – 3 6 1
Lincolnton 230 050 x – 10 10 3
WP: Frank Hatchett LP: Eli Moser