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UP baseball back on top in CFVC

April 13, 2011
Union Pines High School



By F.W. Manning II
The Pilot

The Union Pines baseball team bounced back from its first league loss of the season by bombing Western Harnett 14-3 in five innings via the mercy rule in Cape Fear Valley Conference action Tuesday at Vikings Field.

With the victory, Union Pines (12-4) regained sole possession of first place in the league standings with a 7-1 CFVC mark , as the third place Gray’s Creek Bears (11-5, 6-3) topped Southern Lee (11-5, 6-2) by a 4-0 score in CFVC action Tuesday in Hope Mills.

Senior hurler Carson Kelly got the win on the mound to improve his record to 6-1 on the season. In five innings of work, Kelly allowed two earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two.

The visiting Eagles took a 2-0 lead through the first inning of play. Union Pines grabbed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second scoring four runs on three hits, three walks and a sacrifice. Sophomore Noble Davis delivered the big blow in the frame in the form of a two-run double.

Union Pines scored twice more in the third to push their edge to 6-2. Then Western got one run on four hits to trim the margin to 6-3 through three and a half innings of play. In the bottom of the fourth frame, the Vikings sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs on six hits and four walks.

Kelly had a two-run single in the inning, while junior Seth Breasseale went yard sending a two-run blast to right for his seventh home run of the season.

On the night Kelly went 3-for-4 with the stick, scoring twice. Junior captain Nic Collins scored twice in the fourth inning and roped a two-run single for his third RBI and second hit of the game.

Davis went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two doubles for the Vikings while lead-off batter Gabe Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

The Vikes host East Montgomery today, at 5 p.m. in nonconference action, at Viking Field in Cameron.

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