The Lincoln County Cardinals Post 455 baseball team used three pitchers Wednesday night to limit Maiden Post 240 to three runs and pull out a 6-3 Area IV Eastern Division win at East Lincoln High School.
After both teams went scoreless through the first inning and a half, the Cardinals put five runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second with the aid of four Post 240 errors to take control of the game.
Logan Philemon reached on an infield error to lead off the inning, and Nate Callahan followed with a base hit. Two batters later, Spencer Bright reached on an infield error that scored Philemon, and a throwing error that followed allowed Callahan to come across to make it 2-0 Cardinals.
Dylan Dodson belted an RBI double to extend the lead to three, and following a single by Allden Horne, another Maiden error allowed two more Lincoln County baserunners to come across with runs four and five.
After Cardinals’ starting pitcher Karson Williams kept Post 240 off the board for the first four innings, Maiden did get in the scoring column in the top of the fifth.
With two outs and nobody aboard, Post 240 got three-straight singles from Cy Spencer ivan Huffman and Mac Beam to load the bases. A bloop single off the bat of Jacob Cauble that landed in between the mound and the infielders provided Cauble with an RBI when Spencer came in to score Maiden’s first run of the night. Josh Allen, on in relief of Williams, then got a flyout to deep left field from Bain Sipe to end the inning with the bases full.
Lincoln County responded with a run in the home half of the inning. Gabe Duncan led off with a single, stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw from the Maiden catcher. Philemon’s fly ball to right field was deep enough to get Duncan home with the Card’s sixth run of the night.
Post 240 did tack on a couple of unearned runs in the sixth on an infield hit from Beam, a walk to Mark Lyda and a misplayed ground ball ball off the bat of Spencer to pull to within three.
Although no player had multiple hits for the Cardinals, six different players did hit safely in the game.
Maiden, who outhit Lincoln County 10 to 6, was led by Sipe, Beam and Sal Ferraro who had two hits each.
Williams allowed one run in 4-2/3 innings of work to pick up the win. Allen allowed no earned runs in relief and Andrew Patrick worked around a leadoff single in the seventh to get the save for Post 455.
Dalton James, the starter for Maiden, took the loss.
With the victory, Lincoln County improved to 5-6 overall and 4-3 in the division. Maiden fell to 5-5 on the season, and is also 4-3 in division play.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Saturday night when they travel to Cherryville for a non-division matchup. Maiden will play at Union County tonight.
Maiden 000 012 0 - 3 10 4
Lincoln 050 010 x - 6 6 2
WP: Karson Williams
LP: Dalton James