Yoder, Rios lead Hickory to 12-6 game one win versus Lincoln Co.

Cody Dalton
Sports Editor

Shortstop Dylan Rios drove in five runs and first baseman Skylar Yoder added four — including a home run — leading Hickory Post 48 to a 12-6 victory against Lincoln County Post 455 in the first game of the two team's best-of-5 Area IV first-round playoff series.

Trailing 4-2 after the first inning against Post 455, Hickory (14-7) settled in, scoring three runs in the second, two in the fourth and five in the eighth en route to its six-run victory.

Offensively, third baseman Walker Hanvey added two RBIs on two hits in the contest for Post 48.

On the mound, Hickory starting pitcher MacLindsay Mitchell earned his team-leading fifth win of the season. He allowed five runs, four walks, nine hits and struck out seven in a seven-inning outing. Caleb Lutjens closed out the game's final two innings on the mound, giving up one run, two hits and striking out two.

Jordon Easter and Spencer Riddle led Post 455 (8-13) with three RBIs apiece. Riddle, who was also Lincoln County's starting pitcher, took the loss on the mound, giving up four runs, five hits, three walks and striking out one.

Games two and three of the Hickory-Lincoln County playoff series will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.

Tuesday's game two will also be "Tyler Poole Night," where the Post 48 and Hickory High School alumnus and recent National Champion from the Coastal Carolina baseball team will throw out the game's first pitch and sign autographs for fans in attendance.