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CREEDMOOR — The South Granville baseball team had extra motivation in their regular season home finale against Warren County on April 30.
The Vikings wanted to send their nine seniors out on a good note in addition to hoping to snap a three-game losing streak. South Granville did just that, defeating Warren County 13-7 to close out their home schedule.
Bailey Watkins, a senior, started on the hill for the Vikings. Watkins quickly dispatched the Eagles in the first inning and allowed the Vikings an opportunity to go to work at the plate.
Dakota May, a senior, drew a walk with one out. Justin Bullock, another senior, was able to move May to second with a catcher interference call. Bullock swung and hit the ball, but also hit the catcher’s mitt. The catcher was called for interference.
Joe Calus, a senior, drove a fly ball deep that allowed May to tag up and move to third. With runners on the corners and two outs, Keith Gardner stepped to the plate. The Vikings sent Bullock in motion to second when Gardner ripped a ball to the left-center gap to drive in May and Bullock for a 2-0 lead.
Watkins again held the Eagles scoreless in the top of the second inning.
Alex Jones, a senior, took one for the team in the bottom of the second inning. Jones was hit by a pitch, then Drew Fuller walked to move Jones to second. Josh Edwards, a senior, drilled a ball to the center field wall that allowed Jones to score on the play and sent Fuller to second base. May then loaded the bases for the Vikings on a looping single.
Bullock hit a sacrifice fly to score Fuller from third and Edwards scored on a groundout by Calus to give the Vikings a 5-0 advantage.
Warren County tried to make it a game in the top of the third inning by scoring three runs off of Kyle Peace, senior pitcher, who replaced Watkins on the mound.
However, South Granville took control of the game with a huge seven-run third inning.
Jones got the ball rolling with a single and then he motored to second for a steal. Edwards singled to score Jones from second.
Edwards followed Jones’ lead and stole second. Edwards then moved to third on a single by May.
Bullock drew a walk for South Granville to load the bases with Calus coming to bat. Calus looped a ball to shallow right field that sent three Eagles running for the ball. Edwards and May raced home on the play, leaving Bullock standing on third.
After Calus stole second, Gardner took another big swing for the Vikings that allowed Bullock and Calus to score.
Gardner stole second to set up the next scoring opportunity. Gardner moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on a single by Nick Kilduff, who then stole second and moved to third when Watkins grounded out. Kilduff then scored on a wild pitch.
After the dust settled the Vikings had a 12-3 lead.
Warren County answered with two runs in the top of the fifth inning to close the gap to 12-5 with senior Sam Dietrich on the mound.
Kilduff, a senior, started the home half of the fifth inning with a single. Kilduff caught Warren County off guard as he broke toward second base. The throw sailed by the shortstop covering second and Kilduff raced over to third.
Jones’ single allowed Kilduff to score to give South Granville a 13-5 lead.
The Eagles would not go quietly as they tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth inning to tighten the score to 13-7.
South Granville sent Edwards, a catcher turned pitcher, to the mound to close the game. Edwards fanned the Eagles in order to end any hopes of a comeback win.
South Granville moved to 9-12 on the season with the victory.
Statistics — Dakota May (3-for-4), Nick Kilduff (2-for-2, RBI), Josh Edwards (2-for-4, RBI), Joe Calus (1-for-5, 3 RBIs), Alex Jones (2-for-2), Keith Gardner (2-for-2, 4 RBIs) and Justin Bullock (RBI).
Bailey Watkins picked up the win on the mound for the Vikings.