Falcon baseball sweeps Rebels
Lincoln County High School’s Zack Malone went the distance, putting 12 strikeouts in the books in the Falcons’ match-up at home with Franklin County. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry
Lincoln County High School’s Falcons picked up two district wins last week, sweeping Franklin County.
Wednesday, LCHS won on the road over the Rebels, 7-5. Tuesday at home, the Falcons took the win, 5-1.
Wednesday night the lead changed five times before deciding the winner. Going into the top of the sixth, the Falcons trailed 5-4. Chandler Hardiman tripled, then Jake Pierce knotted it at 5-5, scoring Hardiman grounding out.
In the bottom of the sixth, Carson Taylor went three up and three down with two swinging and one looking on a called third strike.
In the top of the seventh, Logan Smith was hit by a pitch. For the second consecutive game, Brandon Gower came up with a big hit tripling and scoring Smith. LCHS added a security run when Zack Malone grounded out, scoring Gower.
Going into the bottom half of the seventh, the Falcons were up 7-5. Four Rebels went to the plate in their final at bat; one reached on an error. Taylor got the final out of the night on a swing and a miss.
Runs for the Falcons came 4 in the first, 1 in the sixth and 2 in the seventh. Franklin County scored 3 in the first, 1 in the second and 1 in the third.
Jonathan Jacks got the start and went four and a third innings, giving up 5 runs (1 earned) off 6 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Cameron McCoy went two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Carson Taylor got the win, going two innings, giving up no runs, with no hits, no walks and 4 strikeouts in the books.
LCHS generated 8 hits with Chandler Hardiman having a single and triple; Carson Taylor, 2 singles; Brandon Gower, triple; Jake Pierce, double; Jacob Dickerson and Grady Wright had singles.
Lincoln County finished with 4 errors.
At home Tuesday night, the Falcons won over the Rebels, 5-1. Zack Malone went the distance, recording 12 strikeouts, no earned runs, 4 hits and no walks in the books.
Runs for LCHS came 1 in the first, 1 in the second, 2 in the fourth and 1 in the sixth.
Going into the bottom of the fourth, the Falcons were up 2-1. Logan Smith reached on a double. Brandon Gower salted it away, going downtown, and LCHS was up, 4-1.
The Falcons added a security run in the top of the sixth when Gower crossed the plate on a ground out by Carson Taylor.
LCHS generated six hits. Carson Taylor had a big night, going 3 for 4 with three singles; Gower had a homer; Logan Smith doubled; and Zack Malone singled.
The Falcons had one error.
Thursday through Saturday, LCHS played four games at Forrest High School. Saturday, the Falcons won over Stewart’s Creek, 4-0, and Dickson County, 8-1. Friday, Lincoln County went down to Dyer County, 12-2. Thursday, Centennial took the win over the Falcons, 4-3.
For their next action Monday, Lincoln County was to host Coffee County, then travel to meet the Red Raiders on Tuesday. Thursday through Saturday, LCHS will host baseball’s Border Battle. Schedule and times were not yet available at press time.