Briefs: Patriots Stay Undefeated in Boys' Tennis
The Pinecrest boys' tennis team is 16-0 after completing conference regular season play with victories over Dougas Byrd and Seventy-First.
Pinecrest and Douglas Byrd played a pair of eight-game pro sets on Wednesday to make up for an earlier rain date. The doubles were not played as the Patriots were credited with two 6-0 wins.
On Thursday, the Patriots defeated Seventy-First 9-0 with one of the doubles matches taken by a forfeit.
They are scheduled to meet Chapel Hill in a non-conference match at the Pinehurst Resort on Monday. The Mid-Southeastern Conference individual championships begin on Tuesday, also at the resort.
Vikes Lose in Softball
Friday in Hope Mills, Union Pines lost 6-0 to Gray's Creek in a Cape Fear Valley Conference softball showdown.
For the second straight outing, when the Viking batters were able to make contact they hit some hard shots without having anything to show for it.
"We just didn't hit the ball much," Vike head coach Randy Calcutt said. "When we did connect with the ball it was usually right at somebody. Tonight we simply had too many strike outs and did not put enough balls in play."
Union Pines has three games next week. On Monday, they hit the road for a league matchup with the South Johnston Trojans.
Falcons Get Tennis Win
The O'Neal School boys' tennis team traveled to High Point on Tuesday to play Westchester Country Day School, and came away with a 6-3 victory over the Wildcats. The Falcons had lost a close match to Westchester Country Day School earlier in the season. O'Neal's record improved to 6-4 with the win (3-1 in the Triad Athletic Conference), while Westchester dropped to 5-4 (3-1 conference).
O'Neal 6, Westchester 3
Singles -- Alex Payan (W) defeated David Neal 10-5; Scout Thomas (W) def. Austen Hasty 10-4; Nick Webster (O) def. Thomas Freeman 10-5; Garrett Klumpar (O) def. Luke Vandeplanke 10-4; Vince Novosel (O) def. Dylan Stone 11-9; Matthew Friesen (O) def. Han Ryong Kim 11-10 (7-2).
Doubles -- Payan-Thomas (W) def. Neal-Stevie Herlocker 9-8 (11-9); Novosel-Hasty (O) def. Stone-Kim 8-5; Bryce Baldelli-Alex Shore (O) def. Vandeplanke-Mason 8-2.
PHS Clinches in Golf
Pinecrest shot one-over-par as a team to win Thursday's Mid-Southeastern Conference boys' golf match at Stryker Golf Course on Fort Bragg.
The first-place Patriots wrap up conference play with a match at Pinehurst No. 1 on Monday.
The Patriots' Jack Fields earned medalist honors with a one-under-par round of 71. The other scores included in the team total of 289 were a 72 by Sam Packard and a pair of 73s by Russell Burke and Patrick Barrett.
The other team scores were Scotland 305, Jack Britt and Richmond 309, Hoke 448 and Douglas Byrd 458.
Vike Jayvees Get Win in League Baseball
The Union Pines junior varsity baseball team belted out a 15-0 mercy-rule win Friday in Hope Mills against the Bears of Gray's Greek in a Cape Fear Valley Conference contest.
Vike Gabe Gonzalez pitched a complete game two-hit shutout and went two for five at the plate with two RBIs. His pitch repertoire consists of a two-seam fastball, a change, a curve and a knuckleball.
"My curve was really working for me out there today," he said. "I would rely on it when I needed to pick up an out."
Vike Justin Wilson was two for two with the stick with three RBIs and two walks, while Travis Livengood was four for four with three RBIs for Union Pines.
The win put the Vikings' record above the .500 mark in the league, at 6-5. The team is 9-9 overall on the year. Union Pines has three contests remaining in the season, all at home. The season-ending home stand starts on Tuesday, when the Vikings take on Harnett Central at 4:30 p.m. in Cameron.
UP Jayvee Softball Wins
Union Pines' junior varsity girls' softball team picked up a 6-1 Cape Fear Valley Conference win over the Gray's Creek Bears Friday night in Hope Mills.
The Vikings got a strong performance out of pitcher Megan Thompson. She pitched a complete game, allowing one run and six hits in five innings.
The Viking offense got nine hits on the night, while the defense had a great game. Second baseman Morgan Danner had a hand in seven of the 15 Bears' outs. Vike head coach Randy Calcutt felt his team did a fine job on all fronts.
"My girls played a solid, complete game," he said.
Assistant coach Rob Hobgood said, "The girls simply made all the plays tonight."
Union Pines picked up one run in the first inning when shortstop Megan Smith scored on an RBI by catcher Lindsay Caddell. In the second inning, the Vikes added three more runs to take a 4-0 lead.
Thompson started things off with a single and Danner then got a hit to put runners on first and second. Then left fielder Kathy Craft crushed a two-run double. She later scored on a single by first baseman Ebony Walker. The Vikes got their final two runs in the top of the third on an RBI double by Thompson and a one-run single by right fielder Samantha Marsh.
Union Pines' leading batters were Craft (one for two, run, double), Smith (two for three, RBI), Lauren Edmunds (one for three, RBI) and Thompson (two for three, double, RBI).
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