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home : sports : local sports June 29, 2022

5/2/2022 10:58:00 AM
Baseball Update

Wayne Howard
Reporter


It all came down to the last game of the regular season. North Lincoln visits East Lincoln at 7 PM this Monday evening (May 2nd) and the Western Foothills Conference title is on the line. North is 11-2 in the league and on top in the standings; East is 10-3 and tied with Fred T. Foard for second place. A win by North gives them the championship. A win by East could result in a three-way tie. Foard plays at St. Stephens Monday night. The Tigers are 10-3; the Indians are 9-4. Both East Lincoln and North Lincoln are 16-4 overall; Foard is 14-5, St. Stephens is 18-5.

Last week, North beat Foard on Wednesday 2-1 and West Iredell Friday 12-0. The win over Foard was a pitchers duel. Landon Reeves struck out 10 batters and gave up just one run on five hits, but the Knights had to come from behind, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 5th inning, to win. Josh Fox had a bunt single, then Reece Moody walked. Both advanced on a passed ball; then Fox scored on a wild pitch. Nate Lykins' sacrifice fly scored Moody.

In Friday's win, the Knights took batting practice on two young Warriors pitchers--scoring 9 runs off a freshman and 3 more off a sophomore reliever. They had a 9-0 lead after the first two innings and the final outcome was never in doubt.

East Lincoln also won twice last week. On Tuesday, the Mustangs beat St. Stephens 6-1. On Friday, they downed North Iredell 17-7.

In the win over St. Stephens, Isaac Armstrong had a two-run homer; Nate Borchadt batted 2 for 3 and drove in two runs; Gavin Houser went 2 for 4 and also had two rbi's. Armstrong also closed out the win by starting pitcher Carson Dahle, who gave up just five hits in six innings while striking out seven.
Against North Iredell, Garrett Michel hit two home runs, giving him 20 on the season, and drove in six runs. Graham Smiley batted 2 for 4 and also had a home run batting in three runs.

The Catawba Valley Conference starts its baseball and softball tournaments this Monday. After opening round games at the home of the higher seeded team on Monday, the tournament will be played at the Henkel Alley Field adjacent to the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds. Lincolnton finished the regular season with two shutouts last week, beating Maiden on Wednesday 5-0 and West Lincoln 2-0 on Friday. They lost a non-conference contest to East Gaston 13-3 Thursday. The Wolves finished in second place in the league behind Bandys. They'll host Newton-Conover at 7 PM Monday. If they win, they'll play a 5 PM game Tuesday against the winner of a Monday game between Bunker Hill and East Burke.

Bandys also went 2 for 3 on the week, but their loss was also non-conference, to Burns on Wednesday 8-3. The Trojans downed West Caldwell 28-1 on Monday, and beat Bunker Hill Friday 7-1. They'll host West Caldwell in the first round Monday night.

West Lincoln finishesd regular season play in 4th place and will play at home against Maiden Monday night at 7:30. The winner will play the winner of the Bandys vs West Caldwell game at 7 PM Tuesday.

Lincoln Charter finished its regular season with a 12-3 win over Christ the King on Friday. Donovan Davis and Charlie Howland combined for the win, each throwing three innings. Davis gave up just three hits and Howland none.

WLON Radio had announced they would carry the  North Lincoln at East Lincoln game Monday night but had problems and did not.

Only the top four teams will advance to the Western Foothills baseball and softball tournaments--both baseball and softball.  Those games will be played Wednesday and Friday at the home field of the higher seeded team.  



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