Sports Briefs: Union Pines Runs Win Streak to Five
The Union Pines baseball team ran its winning streak to five games Wednesday with a 13-0 league victory over the Overhills Jaguars in Spring Lake.
Union Pines improved to 5-1 overall on the season and 2-0 in 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference play with the win.
Through three innings of action the visiting Vikes held a 6-0 lead. Junior Dalton Garner delivered the big blast in the frame with a three-run homer down the right-field line.
After using some small ball and crafty base running, Union Pines carried an 8-0 lead into the sixth and final inning of the tilt.
In the top of the sixth the Vikings tallied five runs on four hits, two RBI walks and a sacrifice to take a 13-0 edge. Then Tyler Davis struck out the side in the bottom of the frame to give the Vikings the sixth-inning win via the 10-run, five-inning mercy rule.
Senior Noble Davis started on the hill for Union Pines, tossing three innings before senior Jeff Thompson relieved him in the top of the fourth with two aboard and no outs. Thompson finished out the fourth frame while stranding the runners and tossed the fifth inning as well to pick up the pitching win.
Leading hitters on the night for Union Pines were: Davis 3-for-4, with a double, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base; Mason Collins 1-for-3, with a run and an RBI; Thompson 1-for-2, with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base; Josh McKay 1-for-1, with an RBI; Garner 2-for-3, with a homer, two runs scored and 4 RBIs; Phillip Hall 1-for-2, with a double and an RBI; Tyler Barber 1-for-1, with a run.
Union Pines returns to the diamond tonight (Friday) for a 7 p.m. CFVC start against league foe Gray’s Creek (4-1, 1-0 CFVC) at Viking Field in Cameron.
O’Neal Ties Carolina Friends
The O’Neal girls’ soccer team played visiting Carolina Friends School to a 1-1 tie Monday on Mauser Field.
O’Neal got off to a quick start with a goal on a long free kick by freshman Chloe Hoffman in the third minute of play. However, freshman Marisa Rauwald countered for Carolina Friends just two minutes later with a goal off of a through pass to tie up the score.
Carolina Friends had the edge in the first half, as O’Neal had trouble organizing on defense and struggled to find a rhythm on offense.
O’Neal came out much more organized in the second half, according to coach David Wood, and for most of the second half held the upper hand, with several very close opportunities for both Hoffman and junior Mary Dixon. But neither team was able to score in the second half, leaving the game tied at 1-all.
The Falcons, now 1-0-1 overall and ranked 10th in the EurosportScoreboard.com 2-A private school rankings, was scheduled to open its Cape Fear Independent Conference slate on the road against Fayetteville Academy.
Patriot Girls Beat Lumberton
The Pinecrest girls’ soccer team stayed unbeaten with a 2-1 overtime win Wednesday against Lumberton High School.
The Patriots improved to 4-0-1 with the Southeastern Conference win. They are 3-0-0 in conference action.
The lone blemish on the Patriots record is a 0-0 tie against Leesville Road in the first game of the season.
Pinecrest, ranked seventh in the Eurosportscoreboard.com poll, is slated to face Millbrook tonight in a home matchup. This Saturday the girls are scheduled to participate in the 2013 Brittany Willis Memorial Scholarship Soccer Showcase, where they will face Jacksonville High School.
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