Justin Keever slides back into first in Fridayâ€™s 12-1 loss versus South Point. Lincolnton recorded only one hit against the Red Raiders. They will look to rebound against county rival West Lincoln (5-2) on Tuesday night.
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It was a forgettable day Friday for the Lincolnton Wolves, losing 12-1 in five innings against the South Point Red Raiders.
With two outs and nobody on, the Red Raiders recorded back-to-back base hits. The next at-bat led to an error that plated both runners.
The error, in large part, allowed South Point to take a 4-1 lead through two innings of play.
Lincolnton could never get momentum on their side, recording only one hit in the contest.
In the fifth inning, up 5-1, the Red Raiders plated seven more runs. An Aaron Horne grand slam homerun did most of the damage.
Ben Stancil earned the win for South Point, pitching four innings and striking out three batters. Colby Burgin suffered the loss, giving up seven runs while striking out two in four innings of work.
The Red Raiders scored 12 runs, racking up 12 hits in the process.
The loss drops Lincolntonâ€™s record to 1-4 on the season. The Wolves will look to turn things around as they face the West Lincoln Rebels Tuesday night.
West Lincoln baseball
The West Lincoln Rebels fell 7-3 to the Cherryville Ironmen on Friday.
Jared Fuller wasted no time getting things started for the Ironmen with a two RBI single in the first inning. Cherryville added one more run in the first for a 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, the Rebels, uncharacteristically, committed to two errors that plated two runs.
Through three innings of play, the Ironmen led 6-2. The Rebels added one run in the fifth inning, but were unable to score any more the rest of the way.
Toby Lawerence was a bright spot for the Rebels, relieving Dylan Anthony. Lawerence pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing only one hit while striking out four.
Chapman was happy with his performance.
“Toby did an excellent job. He came in and mixed the curve ball getting ahead with off-speed pitches,” he said.
Chris Christenson earned the victory for the Ironmen. Anthony picked up the loss, giving up three runs while striking out five in 2 2/3 innings.
Leading hitters for the Rebels were Zac Koehler who went 2-for-3 with one RBI, Brent Gates who was 2-for-4 with a double and Paul Finger who was 1-for-4 with a RBI.
Rebels head coach Allan Chapman was not pleased with his teamâ€™s play in the field.
“We played real cautious defensively. We didnâ€™t play aggressive and we didnâ€™t try to make the plays. Ultimately, that led to four unearned, and possibly all seven could have been prevented,” he said.
Despite the loss, Chapman took note of his teamâ€™s batting.
“I was very pleased with our offensive performance. Those were the best two pitchers weâ€™ve seen all year and we hit them better than weâ€™ve hit anybody all year,” Chapman said, referring to the Rebelsâ€™ eight hits.
The loss drops the Rebelsâ€™ record to 5-2. They will square off against the Lincolnton Wolves on Tuesday.
Chapman believes the game will be a good barometer for his team.
“I think itâ€™s going to be a key game, maybe not necessarily for the standings, but for the confidence of where we think we are in the conference.
“When we started out against Cherryville I think we kind of questioned whether or not we could play with them and then about the third inning we really settled down. I hope we learned a little bit about ourselves, where we wonâ€™t let that happen against Lincolnton,” Chapman said.by John Mark Brook