Lady Mustangs pitcher Nicole Hall picked up the victory for her team Tuesday night. Hall has been a stellar pitcher for East Lincoln recently winning two games in the Easter Softball Tournament. She is 3-1 in her last four starts. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs built some momentum by winning the Lincoln County Easter Round Robin Softball Tournament.
Tuesday that momentum was carried over in thrilling fashion with a 6-5 victory over Forestview.
Nicole Shoemaker won the game for the Lady Mustangs in the seventh inning with a double to break a 5-5 tie.
Shoemaker, a Queens University signee, had a big night for East going 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Senior Brooke Michael led the Lady Mustangs going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs.
Other hitters that stood out was Stephanie Horne who doubled, walked twice and scored three runs. Kristin Taffi continued her hot hitting with two doubles and a RBI.
The winning pitcher for East Lincoln was Nicole Hall who struck out two batters.
The Lady Mustangsâ€™ record is 10-7 overall and 6-3 in the Big South 3A Conference.
East vs. Lincolnton
On the strength of Dustin Weaverâ€™s right arm, Lincolnton defeated East Lincoln 8-2 on Wednesday in a make-up game.
Weaver pitched a complete game for Lincolnton and only allowed four hits. He also kept the Mustang hitters at bay striking out seven.
The Wolves were ahead 3-2 through five innings of play, but busted out with five runs in the seventh inning.
Leading hitters for the Wolves were: Justin Keever who went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored, Brian Ebert who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Evan Wise and Jeffery Hurt who both went 2-for-3 with one RBI each. Wise also scored two runs. Bradley Dalrymple went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Wolves raise their overall record to 12-7 on the season.
Lincolnton vs. Bunker Hill
The Wolves extended their winning streak to five games beating the Bears of Bunker Hill 5-1 Thursday night.
Lincolnton got a solid pitching performance from Justin Keever who pitched a complete game, striking out seven and allowing five hits.
Lincolnton catcher Evan Wise believed Keeverâ€™s win had much to do with the effectiveness of his curveball.
â€œHe was throwing an exceptional curveball. He has been throwing a slider, but tonight even in the later innings he was throwing stuff and was still effective,â€ he said.
Wise led the Wolves at the plate going 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Other leading hitters for Lincolnton were: Brian Ebert who went 2-for-4 with one RBI, Justin Green who went 1-for-2 and Bradley Dalrymple who went 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Wise and his teammates hope to carry the positivity and wins over as the season progresses.
â€œWeâ€™re 5-0 in our last five and that will help carry us throughout the remainder of the season and conference tournament. Weâ€™re just going to ride it as far as we can and not look back,â€ he said.
The Wolves raise their record to 13-7 overall and 7-3 in the Midwest 2A Conference.
The Lincolnton Wolves tennis team showed they can rebound from a tough loss on Thursday shutting out Bandys 9-0.
Wolves head coach Chris Hoffman was pleased with his whole team.
â€œEverybody played well in both our singles and doubles lineup. We bounced back with a shut-out,â€ he said.
Wolves No. 1 seed John James defeated Daniel Brown 6-1, 6-3. While teammate Devin High defeated Curtis Edwards 6-2, 6-1.
Wolves No. 3 seed Jason Martin defeated Stephen Williams 6-1, 6-0. Lee Campbell shutout Mitch Ray 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4.
At No. 5 Lincolntonâ€™s Andrew Mauney defeated Ceasar Hernandez 6-0, 6-4. Wolves No. 6 seed Adil Huselja defeated Matthew Furmaek 6-1, 6-0.
Doublesâ€™ play was just as strong as singles for the Wolves. James/High defeated Brown/Williams 8-2. Mauney/Huselja defeated Ray/Hernandez 8-4. Wilson/Jarrett defeated Furmaek/Loprest 8-6 to complete the impressive performance for the Wolves.
Lincolntonâ€™s record improves to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in the Midwest 2A Conference.
by John Mark Brooks