Lincoln County Post 455 defeated Union County 7-6 Sunday night at East Lincoln in an Area IV Eastern Division matchup.
In a game consisting of many errors for Lincoln County and sloppy pitching in the first few innings from both teams, the Cardinals were able to buckle down late in the game to pick up a big division win. David Borges led the Cardinals with two hits and Noah Caldwell led the way on the mound, pitching four innings of relief, while striking out seven batters and allowing only one unearned run.
Union County wasted no time in opening up the scoring. In the first inning they were able to scratch a run on a Steven Gonzalez RBI double to right-center field.
Lincoln County answered the bell in the bottom frame with five runs of their own. Allden Horne and Borges, who led off the inning with a single each, would score on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch. Spencer Bright then knocked a two-run single up the middle, scoring Matty Jorgensen and Gabe Duncan. Jackson Farnsworth placed a bloop single perfectly on the left field line that scored Bright to give Post 455 their fifth and final run of the inning.
Union County didn’t lay down in the second inning, scoring three runs to cut the lead to 5-4.
In the bottom of the frame, again Lincoln County responded as Logan Philemon knocked an RBI single to left field that scored Borges to give the Cards their sixth run.
The scoring did not stop in the third inning, as Union County scored their fifth run when Owen Harley hit a hard ground ball that went through the legs of an infielder.
The bottom of the third started off with a bang as Zach Horton crushed a towering home run to left-center field to give Lincoln County their seventh run of the evening, which would turn out to be the decisive run.
A few defensive errors cost the Cardinals in the fourth inning, gifting Union County an unearned run.
After good relief pitching from Caldwell for Lincoln County and Gonzalez for Union County led to a few scoreless innings, Lincoln County would go into the seventh inning with a 7-6 lead.
Caldwell kept working efficiently by striking out the first two batters of the inning. Then the game ended on a highlight-reel play from Duncan, who moved from second base to shortstop earlier on in the game. He backhanded a ground ball in the hole between shortstop and third base and threw a bullet to first that just beat the runner.
Pitcher J.T. Thress, who pitched 1.1 innings in relief, picked up the win for Lincoln County, while Union County starting pitcher Jesse Harkey took the loss.
The Cardinals will be back in action Wednesday at Maiden.
Union Co. 131 100 0 - 6 7 0
Lincoln Co. 511 000 x - 7 7 4
Friday: Lincoln County 11, Huntersville 1 (5 inn.)
Friday night at East Lincoln, Lincoln County defeated Huntersville 11-1 in a five-inning mercy rule game.
In the Area IV Eastern Division matchup, the Cardinals were led by Spencer Bright who had three hits on the night, two of which were monstrous home runs. Allden Horne and Matty Jorgensen continued to do damage as well at the top of the lineup with two hits each. Lincoln County also got efficient pitching from Josh Allen who pitched a complete game.
The Lincoln County bats set the tone early on the first inning, highlighted by an RBI double from Jorgensen, an RBI single from Zack Horton and a towering grand slam to left field with two outs from Bright to give the Cardinals a commanding 6-0 lead.
In the third inning Lincoln County kept the runs coming. Bright started it with an RBI infield single, then Dylan Dodson knocked an RBI single to left field. Allden Horne then stepped up to the plate and crushed a two-RBI double to left-center field to give the Cardinals their 10th run of the game.
In the fourth inning, Charley Chason smacked a solo home run to left field to give Huntersville their first and only run of the evening.
To put an ending to the game in the fifth inning, Bright launched his second home run of the night to left field, almost identical to the first one, to give the Cardinals the 11-1 mercy rule win.
Allen picked up the win for the Cardinals, working five innings and allowing one earned run on five hits, while striking out five batters. Huntersville starting pitcher Enrique Wood took the loss.
Huntersville 000 10 - 1 5 0
Lincoln Co. 604 01 - 11 10 0