Soft­ball Is All The Rage At Lin­coln High School

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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.

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