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Vikings squander lead, drop game to Red Rams

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CREEDMOOR — South Granville let a big lead slip away in the eight-inning 7-6 loss to Franklinton in the March 4 home baseball season opener.

Franklinton scored one run in the top of the first inning and carried the lead until the bottom of the second inning when the Vikings’ bats woke up.

Jake Wilson singled for South Granville. Jordan Morgan entered the game as a courtesy runner for Wilson, the catcher for the Vikings. Morgan stole second and was able to score on a single by Thomas LaGois.

LaGois scored when Tyler Carroll hit a ball to deep center field. The Red Rams center fielder misjudged the ball and it fell to the ground. Carroll ended up on second base.

Keith Gardner got a hold of a Franklinton pitch and sent it in to deep center field that sent Carroll home. Nick White drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Drew Fuller singled to send Gardner home and the Vikings had a 4-1 lead.

South Granville added to the totals in the sixth inning with a Wilson lead off single. LaGois drew a walk and Carroll reached first on an infield hit.

Gardener blasted a single to score Morgan (running for Wilson) and LaGois to give the Vikings a 6-1 lead.

The wheels ran off the South Granville bus in the top of the seventh inning. Franklinton took advantage of a few unforced errors and a few timely hits to cross the plate five times in the inning and tie the score at 6-all.

The Vikings could not generate any offense in the bottom of the seventh sending the game into extra innings.

Franklinton picked up one run in the top of the eighth inning, but South Granville looked poised to score in the bottom.

LaGois singled to start the inning and move to second on a fielding error. He then stole third for the Vikings and was anxious to score with no outs on the board.

The next batter grounded out and Franklinton issued a free pass to the next batter. South Granville got a shot to deep center field for a sacrifice fly that should have allowed LaGois to score, but the runner at first took too big of a lead and was doubled off by the Red Rams to end the game.

South Granville is 0-1 on the season with the loss.

Game statistics: Tyler Carroll (two for four), Nick White (one for four), Jake Wilson (two for four), Thomas LaGois (two for four, RBI), Drew Fuller (one for four, RBI) and Keith Gardner (two for four, two RBIs).

Adtler Lake was the starting pitcher and worked 2 1/3 innings with one hit, three walks and two strikeouts. Nick White worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. Drew Shamer worked the final two innings with three hits and two strikeouts.

Jacob Woodlief led the Red Rams going three of four from the plate with four RBI.

South Granville will travel to Carrboro on March 17 and host East Chapel Hill on March 18.