Viking Baseball Gets Back on Track
Union Pines used two huge innings at the plate to pick up a 13-8 nonconference baseball victory over Jordan-Matthews Monday at Viking Field in Cameron.
Coming off a 7-1 league loss Friday at Gray’s Creek that snapped a five-game winning streak, the homestanding Vikings used a six-run rally in the bottom of the third to erase a 3-0 deficit and take a 6-3 lead against the 2-A Jets.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the third frame, senior Jeff Thompson got Union Pines on the board with a two-run double. Sophomore Kyle Robinson also drove in two runs in the innings with a bases-loaded two-bagger. Then with five runs in, senior Tyler Barber reached with an RBI single in his second at-bat of the frame to push the Viking lead to 6-3.
Jordan-Matthews (5-2) used three hits, including a double, along with a sacrifice fly and two Vike errors to plate three runs in the top of the fifth and tie the tilt at 6-all.
However Union Pines replied by rallying for seven runs in its half of the frame to take a 13-6 lead through five innings of play.
Dalton Garner led things off in the frame by reaching after he was hit by a pitch, then Phillip Hall and Robinson both reached on bunts to load the bases.
Next sophomore Avery Siege doubled to right-center field to plate two runs. After Robinson scored on a wild pitch, Siege crossed the plate on an RBI base-on-balls by Noble Davis to push the Vike lead to 10-6. Three more runs crossed the plate before the Vikings were finished, giving the home team a seven-run edge.
The Jets struck for a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to bring the weather-shortened six-inning tilt to its final tally, as a massive storm cell moved through the area.
Junior pitcher Josh McKay got the win for Union Pines. The Vikings leading hitters on the night were: Siege 2-for-3 with a double, one run scored and two RBIs; Hall 2-for-3 with a run; Carden 2-for-4 with two runs; Robinson 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs; Garner 1-for-1 with two runs and two walks; and Barber 1-for-2 with two walks, a run and an RBI.
Union Pines moved to 6-2 on the season with the victory and is 2-1 in 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference play.
The Vikes hosted Southern Lee in a league tilt Tuesday in Cameron. The Vikings close out the week Friday with a CFVC clash against the Western Harnett Eagles at 7 p.m. in Lillington.
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