WL Chloe Norman vs Cramer

West Lincoln’s Chloe Norman arrives at second base safely as the Stuart Cramer second baseman attempts to get a force out.

BELMONT—West Lincoln’s strong run in the Toyota of Gastonia Spring Break softball tournament ended Tuesday night with a loss to Stuart Cramer in the championship game.

The Lady Rebels were in the game until the late innings when the Storm pulled away for an 8-0 win before a good crowd at South Point High School.

Stuart Cramer led 2-0 after five innings but pushed across two in the sixth and four in the seventh to complete its title run.

West Lincoln (11-7) had scoring chances in the early frames against Stuart Cramer pitcher Emma Donaldson but failed to break through.

The best chance came in the bottom of the fourth. Gracie Elmore bounced a lead-off double off the fence in left field but was left stranded at third as Donaldson pitched out of difficulty.

Again, in the bottom of the fifth, West Lincoln got the lead-off batter aboard and could not cash in.

The game-defining hit came in the top of the sixth when Stuart Cramer’s Delani Wilson smashed a two-run home run to left off West Lincoln’s Harlie Burton, giving the Storm a 4-0 lead.

Five players collected two hits each for Stuart Cramer (10-7), who punched out 13 hits for the game, four for extra bases.

West Lincoln’s six hits were spread among six batters. Elmore had the lone extra-base hit.

Stuart Cramer and West Lincoln won two games Monday to advance to the finale. Cramer defeated Cherryville 8-4 and Kings Mountain 4-2, while West Lincoln edged Forestview 3-2 and rolled past South Point 14-2.

In the postgame awards ceremony, Payton Conroy of Stuart Cramer was named tournament MVP. Donaldson, Wilson and Hadley Womack earned all-tournament honors from the Storm.

Chole Norman and Stacia Cowan were named all-tournament from West Lincoln.



Staff report

April 11


Bunker Hill 4, West Lincoln 3

The Rebels dropped a one-run non conference game to Bunker Hill on Tuesday. Jacob English, Curtis Goins and Jordan Truesdale drove in runs for West Lincoln.


R-S Central 4, Lincoln Charter 3

The Eagles lost a heartbreaker on Tuesday, falling 4-3 to R-S Central in a game that went 11 innings. Tyler Steele blasted a 3-run homer in the sixth inning for Lincoln Charter, but the Hilltoppers kept clawing their way back. Caleb White’s RBI single scored Audrey Scruggs with the game-winner with no outs in the eleventh. The Eagles used four pitchers in the contest, including Jacob Smith, Noah Withers, Steele and Price Kenley.

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April 11 Softball Scores

North Lincoln 12, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 1

Stuart Cramer 8, West Lincoln 0

St. Stephens 6, Burns 5

West Caldwell 6, Burns 5

Kings Mountain 7, Forestview 3

Canfield, OH 14, Chase 0


April 11 Baseball Scores

Bunker Hill 4, West Lincoln 3

R-S Central 4, Lincoln Charter 3

Maury, VA 2, East Lincoln 1

Cherryville 15, Cornerstone Charter 1

Maiden 10, West Caldwell 0

Crest 2, Bandys 1

Fred T. Foard 6, Hibriten 2

Alexander Central 14, Hickory 3

North Gaston 11, South Point 10

East Gaston 10, Forestview 8

Highland Tech 10, Bessemer City 0

Stuart Cramer 10, Ashbrook 0

Burns 6, Piedmont 0

Ardrey Kell 7, Chase 0

Draughn 9, Patton 4


April 10


West Lincoln 3, Forestview 2

Stacia Cowan’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored K Hillette with the game-winning run in the Lady Rebels 3-2 win over Forestview. West Lincoln overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring three times in the final frame.

Cowan, along with Chloe Norman and Addisyn Robinson each had two hits to lead the Lady Rebels. Kaitlyn Carpenter, Jordann Huss and Cowan drove in a run each.

Harlie Burton pitched a complete-game win. Burton gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings, striking out 6 and walking just one.

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West Lincoln 14, South Point 2

Stacia Cowan allowed just one run on four hits in three innings on the mound for the Lady Rebels on Monday. Cowan struck out two batters while walking none. Cowan had two hits to lead the West Lincoln offense. Gracie Elmore drove in 3 of the Lady Rebels runs, and Addisyn Robinson and Jordann Huss each had a pair of RBIs.

West Lincoln 356 0 - 14 9 1

South Point   100 1 - 2 7 3


April 10 Softball Scores

West Lincoln 3, Forestview 2

West Lincoln 14, South Point 2

Canfield, OH 10, North Lincoln 0

Stuart Cramer 8, Cherryville 4

Kings Mountain 10, Cherryville 0

Stuart Cramer 8, Kings Mountain 2

Forestview 15, South Point 0


April 10 Baseball

Lincoln Charter 5, Maiden 4

Jacob Smith’s triple in the top of the sixth inning scored Evan Myers with the go-ahead run for the Eagles. Tyler Steele followed with an RBI single to score Smith with a much needed insurance run and give Lincoln Charter the non conference win over the Blue Devils.

Smith finished the game going 3 for 4 (double, triple) at the plate with three runs scored and an RBI. Steele added two hits and drove in a run.

Donavan Davis got the win on the mound for Lincoln Charter, pitching in relief. Davis allower one run on two hits in two innings, striking out five and walking one.

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St. Stephens 5, West Lincoln 1

The Indians took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring four times to take control. Jordan Truesdale was 2 for 2 at the plate with a walk and drove in a run to lead the Rebels.

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April 10 Baseball Scores

St. Stephens 5, West Lincoln 4

Lincoln Charter 5, Maiden 4

West Stanly 6, Cherryville 1

East Gaston 2, Stuart Cramer 1

Alexander Central 15, Bunker Hill 5

Newton-Conover 7, Fred T. Foard 3

South Caldwell 9, Shelby 0

Draughn 10, East Burke 1

Patton 6, Freedom 1

Hickory 8, Hibriten 0

North Wilkes 4, West Iredell 2

Kings Mountain 7, Brevard 2

Forestview 11, Ashbrook 6

South Point 15, Bessemer City 1

North Gaston 10, Highland Tech 0

R-S Central 10, West Caldwell 0

Chase 3, Wando, S.C. 2

(Published April 13, 2023)

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