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Baseball: South Granville falls in opening round

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ROCKY MOUNT The South Granville Vikings baseball season came to an abrupt end in the first round of the NCHSAA baseball playoffs May 7. The Vikings traveled to Nash Central and was defeated 12-2.

Nash Central opened the game with a three-run inning to put South Granville in a hole from the start.

The Vikings answered with two runs in the top of the second inning. Nick Kilduff got things going for South Granville with a double to right-center. Tyler Carroll drove Kilduff in on a blooper to left field.

Carroll showed some speed as he stole second and moved over to third on a wild pitch. Alex Jones drew a walk, setting up the double steal with Carroll at third. The Vikings had success with the double steal all season and this time was no different as Carroll scored and Jones stood at second.

South Granville left Jones stranded at second, but the Vikings trimmed the lead to 3-2.

The Nash Central bats became a nightmare for the Vikings pitching as they picked up nine runs over the next four innings to force the 10-run rule and end the South Granville season. The Vikings finished the season with a 10-13 record.

Drew Shamer took the loss for the Vikings. He worked 3.2 innings and struck out three batters. Bailey Watkins worked 1.1 innings, while Josh Edwards pitched to one batter and struck him out.

Statistics Nick Kilduff (1-for-3, 2B), Josh Edwards (1-for-3), Tyler Carroll (1-for-3, RBI) and Josh Bullock (1-for-3).