PUMPKIN CENTER — The Burke County Post 21 American Legion Lady Fastpitch softball team got its offense going in time to earn a doubleheader split versus host Lincoln Post 30 in N.C. Area I Division 2 play late Tuesday at North Lincoln High School.
Post 21 fell in game one, 3-1, before taking the game two win by a 6-2 score.
Post 21 (10-4) got a solid start from pitcher Elle Tanner in the opener, as Tanner struck out eight in a four-inning complete game and yielded just two hits and a walk. Lincoln’s timing was perfect however, with its first hit and only walk coming directly before a three-run home run.
The guests were no-hit in the loss but answered with 11 hits in the nightcap.
Leading the way offensively were Ashlyn Stilwell (2 for 2, sacrifice bunt, two runs), Tanner (2 for 3, two RBIs), Kira Suttles (2 for 3, RBI), Chloe Gary (1 for 2, walk, two runs), Bayleigh Gentieu (1 for 2, double, run), Nikki Smith (1 for 2, RBI), Myra Twitty (1 for 3, RBI) and Regan Winkler (1 for 2).
Smith pitched all five innings and allowed two runs with six strikeouts to claim the win.
Post 21 visits McDowell Post 56 on Thursday for another division doubleheader at 7 p.m. at Big League Camp in Marion.
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