EL Carson Dahle

East Lincoln’s Carson Dahle delivers a pitch against North Lincoln on Tuesday night in Denver. Dahle pitched a two-hit five-inning shutout against their rival.

DENVER—After committing three errors in a tough loss to North Iredell—half of the season total for the year—East Lincoln needed a bounce-back game against county rival North Lincoln Tuesday night at The Corral.

The Mustangs got that and more.

Aiden Perkins hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give East Lincoln a 10-0 win in a game shortened by the mercy rule.

The Mustangs (6-5, 3-3) pushed across two runs in the sixth to finish off the Knights (7-5, 4-2).

Getting production throughout the lineup, East Lincoln punched out 12 hits against two North Lincoln pitchers and got a complete game from their own starter, Carson Dahle.

“Carson Dahle pitched a great game when we needed it, and I thought we had some great at-bats and showed more focus at the plate,” East Lincoln head coach Chris Matile said.

Nathan Borchardt (2-4, two RBIs), Matthew Phuntek (2-4, RBI) and Isaac Armstrong (2-3, three RBIs) led the way offensively as East Lincoln took command with a four-run outburst in the second inning to go up 5-0.

Borchardt blasted a solo homer in the fourth inning and singled in a run in the first inning. Armstrong’s two-RBI double highlighted East Lincoln’s four-run second inning.

The Mustangs did most of their damage against North Lincoln starting pitcher Kellen Karr, who exited after three innings in favor of Ty Goodson with the Knights trailing 7-0.

Goodson gave up the lead-off home run in the fourth to Borchardt but struck out the side in that inning and in the fifth inning before allowing two runs in the sixth.

East Lincoln’s defense, which entered the game with a sparkling .962 fielding percentage, backed up Dahle with errorless baseball, turning a double play in the third inning. East Lincoln catcher Borchardt threw out a runner in the fifth on a steal attempt at second base.

“We’ve been spectacular on defense all year. It’s a fun defense to watch,” Matile said.

On the mound, Dahle walked the first batter of the game but pitched out of that mild jam by leaving North’s Cason McGinnis stranded at third.

Dahle allowed two hits, struck out four and walked three in the route-going performance. McGinnis and Caden Howard had the only North Lincoln hits off the East Lincoln righthander.

Despite some early struggles, Matile said his team is “right where we were last year” going into Wednesday night’s game against Hickory.

“We had three losses last year at this time,” Matile noted. “It has taken us a little while to get going. We have just started to extend our pitchers and let them go further. It may have cost us some wins earlier, but this is something we have always done here. The idea is to rebound later in the season.”

N. Lincoln 000 000—0  2  2

E. Lincoln 142 102—10  12  0

Carr, Goodson (4) and Dellinger. Dahle and Borchardt. W—Dahle. L—Carr. Doubles—Spees, Armstrong. Home runs—Borchardt.


Baseball-Softball Roundup

Staff report


Maiden 14, West Lincoln 5

The Rebels led 5-2 after two innings before the Blue Devils scored 11 times over the next four innings to take control. Maiden got 3 hits each out of Zane Williams and Nick Jarosynski at home on Tuesday against West Lincoln. Tyler Hedgepeth, Hayden Fleury and Jarosynski all drove in three runs. Evan Hartsoe had 3 hits for West Lincoln, while Noah Gantt had two RBIs. Collin Chappel pitched five innings to pick up the win. Chappel struck out four and walked just one.


Lincoln Charter 12, Langtree 1

The Eagles exploded for 8 runs in the top of the fourth inning and cruised to a Catawba Shores conference win. Jacob Smith, Tyler Steele, Matt Cipriano and Brady Swadley all had two hits for Lincoln Charter. Smith homered twice and drove in 3 runs, and Donavan Davis and Steele also hit home runs. On the mound, it was also Smith getting the win. The junior struck out 8 and walked only one.



East Lincoln 4, North Lincoln 1

Leah Correll pitched a complete game, giving up just one unearned run. Correll allowed 3 hits, while striking out four and walking one.

Leading hitters were: East Lincoln: Lyla Haywood - single, double; Taniyah Thomas - single, run scored; Jaelyn Freeston - single; Madison Currence - walk, run scored; Katelyn Gust - run scored; Aubrey Gust - run scored.

North Lincoln: Aubrie Cada - single, run scored; C.G. Dellinger - single; Emily Broome - single.

North Lincoln 000 100 0 - 1 3 3

East Lincoln 000 022 x - 4 5 2

East Lincoln (9-1, 5-1) was to play at Hickory on Wednesday evening. North Lincoln (6-7, 5-2) is scheduled to host Statesville tonight.


Tuesday, April 4


East Lincoln 10, North Lincoln 0

Lincoln Charter 12, Langtree 1

Maiden 14, West Lincoln 5

Newton-Conover 5, Lincolnton 0

Cherryville 11, East Gaston 1

Bandys 7, East Burke 1

Bunker Hill 11, West Caldwell 1

Hickory 13, Statesville 0

St. Stephens 5, Fred T. Foard 4

Stuart Cramer 13, Hunter Huss 1

North Iredell 13, West Iredell 3

Burns 3, Highland Tech 0

North Gaston 14, Ashbrook 0

Crest 6, South Point 1

Kings Mountain 4, Forestview 2

R-S Central 15, Patton 0

East Rutherford 11, Hendersonville 2

Bessemer City 5, Thomas Jefferson 1

Chase 17, Brevard 5

Alexander Central 12, Freedom 0

Draughn 14, Mitchell 0



East Lincoln 4, North Lincoln 1

Maiden 7, West Lincoln 4

Lincoln Charter 16, Langtree 0

Lincolnton 11, Newton-Conover 5

Cherryville 12, East Gaston 2

Bandys 4, East Burke 2

West Caldwell 13, Bunker Hill 0

Fred T. Foard 3, St. Stephens 0

Hickory 8, Statesville 3

North Iredell 19, West Iredell 5

Brevard 11, Chase 1

Ashbrook 17, Hunter Huss 2

Burns 16, Highland Tech 5

Crest 4, Kings Mountain 2

North Gaston 12, South Point 0

Stuart Cramer 10, Forestview 0

Patton 14, R-S Central 13

East Rutherford 15, Hendersonville 4

Bessemer City 11, Thom. Jefferson 3

South Caldwell 11, Hibriten 2

Alexander Central 17, Freedom 0


Monday, April 3


Ashbrook 13, Chambers 3

South Caldwell 13, Pine Lake Prep 3

East Rutherford 9, Shelby 2

Stuart Cramer 8, East Gaston 3


Maiden 14, Hibriten 1

North Gaston 11, Bessemer City 0

South Point 21, Shelby 11

Stuart Cramer 12, East Gaston 3

(Published April 6, 2023)

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