Vike 9 Falls in Extra Innings
Union Pines' baseball team fell 2-1 in nine innings Tuesday at Gray's Creek.
Senior Brandon Browne pitched nine innings to get the win for the Bears (13-1, 7-0 Cape Fear Valley 3A Conference).
He allowed three hits and one run through three innings of play and then retired the final 18 batters in order. He finished with 15 strikeouts.
Sophomore Nic Collins pitched eight innings for Union Pines (9-9, 4-3) in a no-decision. He allowed one run on four hits and five walks, while striking out 10.
Sophomore Justin Allred pitched the bottom of the ninth. He allowed the first runner to reach base with a walk. That would be the eventual game-winning run, as Cole Hunter scored on a throwing error by Vike catcher Dylan Kelly on a double steal attempt with two outs.
Union Pines took a 1-0 led in the top of the third. Freshman Noble Davis led the frame off with a walk and scored when Collins delivered a chopper that bounced over the first baseman's head and into right field.
Gray's Creek answered in their half of the sixth. With one out, Collins issued back-to-back walks, before Hunter drove in the tying run on a sacrifice fly.
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