Softball Is All The Rage At Lincoln High School
LINCOLN — Softball is all the rage at Lincoln with the undefeated Lady Wolves (4-0 as of Friday) pounding early season opponents then edging Elkins, 6-4, in a battle.
Lincoln 6, Elkins 4
The Lady Wolves found ways to win combining 9 hits, 4 bases-on-balls with 6 stolen bases to round up a 6-4 victory over Elkins on Tuesday, March 6.
Lincoln found themselves shut out and trailing 2-0 after the first two-and-a-half innings against Elkins. The Lady Wolves pushed a pair of runs across in the bottom of the third to even up the score, at 3-all. After a scoreless fourth inning, Elkins regained the lead with a run in the top of the fifth.
The Lady Wolves proved to be up for the challenge by answering with 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Both teams added a run in the sixth, then Lincoln blanked Elkins in the top of the seventh to close out a 6-4 win.
Elkins’ starter Lakyn Whelpley pitched well, scattering 4 hits over 6 innings and struck out 10, yet took the loss. Ayden Massey kept Lincoln in the game. She allowed 11 hits over 7 innings and limited Elkins to 4 earned runs. Massey recorded 5 strikeouts and the Lady Wolves backed her up defensively with no errors.
Senior Malorie Pershall went 2-for-3 with a double, a pair of runs driven in and a run scored to pace Lincoln. Classmate Hollie Webb got aboard in all four plate appearances. She singled to drive in 2 runs and worked her way aboard by taking 3 bases on balls. She scored a pair of runs for Lincoln. Kinley Webb was 2-of-3 and scored both times she got on base. Senior Katie Lankford went 2-of-3 with an RBI.
Lyndsey Dugan was 2-for-4 for Elkins, and Calley Reed drove in two runs with a double.
Lincoln 21, Greenland 1
Lincoln quickly turned a 3-1 first inning lead into a rout with a 12-run outburst in the second inning of game one in a Monday, March 5, double header. The Lady Wolves dusted Greenland 21-1. Lincoln batted .609, smashing 14 hits and driving in 13 runs in the slugfest. Kinley Webb was 1-of-2 with a double, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
Senior Madison Jones went 3-for-4 driving in a trio of runs and scoring every time she got on base. Pershall also batted 1.000. She was 2-of-2 with a base-on-balls, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Massey was handy with her bat going 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs and even scoring a run with coach Beau Collins giving her a nod to stay on base instead of the usual practice of replacing a pitcher with a courtesy runner.
In the chalked circle Massey mowed down Greenland batters like a man-of-war seeking to destroy privateers. She struck out 8 of the 14 batters she faced holding the Lady Pirates to a .214 on-base percentage. Lincoln accumulated 14 stolen bases in the game led by Pershall with 4 and senior Jada Corbit with 3.
Game two mirrored the first with Lincoln winning big, 17-2.
Lincoln 18, Siloam Springs 3
Scoring runs has not been a problem for Lincoln. The Lady Wolves bombed Siloam Springs, 18-3, in their seasonopener on March 2 using a 10-run second inning to earn a five inning run-rule victory. Lincoln batters produced 11 hits and drove in 8 runs. Speedy senior Corbit was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and 4 RBIs, scoring twice. Freshman Paige Umberson was 3-for-3 with a double, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Lankford was 3-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored. Senior Tristan Cunningham was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored. Starting pitcher Massey helped her cause at the plate. She was 2-for-2 and drove in one run.
The Lady Wolves, who didn’t have hits, found ways to score. Sisters, senior Hollie Webb and sophomore Kinley Webb, combined for 7 plate appearances, 6 base-on-balls, and 4 runs scored — all without a hit between them. Jones took a base-on-balls and scored three times. Freshman Chloe Dawson also contributed a run scored.
Massey scattered 12 hits over 4 innings. She didn’t hurt herself. There were no walks or batters hit by a pitch among 21 batters she faced. She did give up a home run, but the damage was minimal.