North Lincoln edges Bandys for 12th straight
win, league tournament baseball crown
Rachel Cooke hit a grand slam and Addyson Ikard protected a late lead in relief as Maiden High won the South Fork 2A softball conference tournament title on Friday night, beating East Lincoln 8-5 on the Mustangs’ field.
The fourth-seeded Blue Devils (15-5) edged the second-seeded Mustangs (15-5) for the first time this season, having lost regular season games 5-4 in nine innings and 7-1.
Maiden scored six runs in the third inning, which featured Cooke’s grand slam.
East Lincoln was within three runs when Ikard replaced Maiden starter Morgan Boheimer, who had issued back-to-back, bases loaded walks. Ikard left a runner at third base to end an inning and shut down the Mustangs the rest of the way.
Maiden, after tying Newton-Conover for third place in the regular season and entering the tournament seeded fourth, beat No. 5 West Lincoln 6-1 and top-seeded North Lincoln 3-2 at East Lincoln in the semifinals.
North Lincoln and East Lincoln maintain their top two seeds into the state 2A playoffs but Maiden’s conference tournament victory locked up an automatic wild card bid for the Blue Devils.
East Lincoln 3, Bandys 2 (Thursday)
The Mustangs won a conference tournament semifinal at home, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
East Lincoln, the No. 2 seed, led 2-0 through five innings before the sixth-seeded Trojans (10-11) scored twice in the top of the seventh inning for a 2-all tie.
Bailey Hardin had two hits and drove in two runs for the Mustangs while Bailey Burton had two hits and an RBI for Bandys.
East Lincoln had six hits and Bandys had four.
Payton Baker was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game, and she gave up four hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out four.
Lydia Poovey took the loss for the Trojans, going 6 1/3 innings. She gave up four hits, three runs (one earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.
East Lincoln had beaten Bandys 9-7 and 9-1 in the regular season.
North Lincoln 5, Bandys 3
The second-seeded Knights (18-4) won the South Fork 2A tournament at the Legion Fairgrounds in Newton, beating the Trojans (15-8) for the second time this season.
North Lincoln scored two runs in the first inning and three in the second inning, finishing with four hits.
Matt Heavner hit a two-run home run for the Knights.
Jacob Ellis and Noah Caldwell each had two hits for Bandys while Elec Yount drove in two runs and Ivan Huffman added an RBI.
Brycen Turcotte was the losing pitcher after going two innings. He gave up three hits, five runs (two earned), walked two and struck out one.
Bandys had won two straight and four of its last five coming in.
North Lincoln ran its win streak to 12 games and grabbed the league’s No. 1 state 2A playoff bid.
The Knights and West Lincoln shared the regular season title and West Lincoln had the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. North Lincoln moved to No. 1, with West Lincoln No. 2, by reaching the tournament finals.
Bandys, after knocking off West Lincoln in the semifinals, had a chance to secure an automatic wild card bid into the postseason with a conference tournament title.
The Trojans will now go into wild card pool and their overall winning percentage and MaxPreps rankings will determine if they get into the state 2A tournament, which is likely since they are a third-place team with a winning percentage of .652.
TRACK AND FIELD
North Lincoln boys, Bandys girls win conference titles
North Lincoln’s boys won the South Fork 2A title at their track on Wednesday with the Bandys girls also winning a title.
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