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Baseball: Vikings fall short against Wildcats

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CREEDMOOR South Granville’s furious rally from an 11-1 deficit against East Chapel Hill on March 28 was rebuffed, as the Widcats downed the Vikings 12-9.

East Chapel Hill opened the game with a four-run burst to gain the early momentum.

South Granville responded in the bottom of the first when Nick Kilduff led off with a single. Dakota May sent Kilduff to second with a sacrifice bunt, then Josh Edwards was hit by a pitch. Justin Bullock reached base on an infield hit that moved Kilduff to third. Joe Calus then hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Kilduff to score.

The Wildcats responded with a pair of runs of their own in the top of the second, then tacked on five more in the top of the third to break the game open.

South Granville’s bats came to life in the bottom of the third inning as the Vikings attempted to come back. Kilduff hit his second single of the game. May drew a walk to move Kilduff to second. Edwards singled to send Kilduff home and move May to second. The Wildcats followed with throwing errors that allowed May and Edwards to advance, then May scored on a passed ball. The Wildcats’ catcher tried to throw out Edwards going to third, but the throw was off and Edwards scored on the play.

The Vikings trimmed the deficit to 11-4 at the end of the third inning, but East Chapel Hill padded its lead with another run in the top of the fourth.

The Vikings managed to cut more into the Wildcats’ lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Drew Fuller connected for a single with two outs. May kept the rally alive with a single. Edwards blasted a double that drove in Fuller and May to bring the scoring total to 12-6 in favor of the Wildcats.

After pitcher Nick White held the Wildcats scoreless in the fifth inning, the Vikings’ bats once again got hot. Joe Calus started the bottom of the fifth with a single. Keith Gardner hit a groundout that advanced Calus to second. Bailey Watkins singled to drive in Calus and make the score 12-7.

South Granville drew a little closer in the bottom of the sixth inning. May singled with one out. Edwards doubled and May moved to third. Calus then hit a routine fly ball to left-center, and a Wildcats communication error allowed him to reach second base. May and Edwards scored for the Vikings to bring the total to 12-9.

The seventh inning ended swiftly, however, as both teams went down in order. East Chapel Hill held on for the 12-9 non-conference win over the Vikings.

South Granville moved to 3-8 on the season with the loss.

The Vikings used four pitchers in the contest: Sam Dietrich, Justice Norton, Kyle Peace and Nick White. Peace and White each struck out two batters apiece.

Statistics — Dakota May (2-for-2), Nick Kilduff (2-for-2), Josh Edwards (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2B), Joe Calus (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2B), Bailey Watkins (1-for-4, RBI), Drew Fuller (1-for-2) and Justin Bullock (2-for-3, 2B).

South Granville will host Roanoke Rapids today at 6 p.m. and will play a doubleheader against Vance County on Tuesday at 6 and 7:30 p.m.