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CREEDMOOR — South Granville picked up two conference wins in a doubleheader with Vance County on April 10. The Vikings moved to 6-6 in conference play and kept their playoff hopes alive with the two wins.
The Vikings sent Bailey Watkins to the mound for the first game of the night. Watkins needed just 67 pitches to dispatch 20 batters in the five inning contest. He scattered two hits, allowed one walk and struck out five Viper batters in the pitcher’s duel as the Vikings won 2-0.
South Granville needed just two runs to top Vance County. The first run came off Edward’s bat in the bottom of the first inning. The solo home run put the Vikings ahead 1-0.
The Vikings picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Watkins started the two-out rally with a ball to deep right field. He was able to leg out a triple on the play. Alex Jones picked up the RBI with a double to center field that easily scored Watkins from third..
Statistics – Dakota May (1/2), Josh Edwards (1/2, RBI, HR), Bailey Watkins (1/2) and Alex Jones (1/1, RBI, 2B).
South Granville completed the sweep of Vance County with a 7-3 victory in game two of the doubleheader.
Justin Bullock blasted a solo home run to give the Vikings an early lead. The Vikings added one more run in the inning with Joe Calus hitting a single right up the middle. Keith Gardner put the ball in play, but a Viper error allowed everyone to be safe. Calus moved from second to third on a passed ball. The Vance County catcher fired the ball to third, but overshot the base and Calus rolled home to give the Vikings a 2-0 advantage.
The Vipers picked up one run in the bottom of the first inning to trim the lead to 2-1.
South Granville rocked Vance County for four runs in the top of the second inning. Alex Jones found his way on base by way of an infield hit. Drew Fuller sent Jones home with a strong double, giving the Vikings a 3-1 lead.
Edwards got to see two pitchers during his trip to the plate. The Vipers opted to change pitchers mid-stream, but that did not matter because Edwards drew a walk. Vance County continued to struggle from the mound with Dakota May drawing a walk to load the bases. Bullock was hit by a pitch to score Jones from third.
Calus hit into a fielder’s choice that saw Bullock out at second, with Edwards crossing the plate and May standing at third. The Vikings had the green light for the double steal. Calus broke toward second and Vance County took the bait and threw to second. May raced home to give the Vikings a 6-1 lead.
Vance County loaded the bases, but the Vikings managed to work out of trouble and allowed only one run in the third inning.
Edwards scored again in the fourth inning after receiving his third free pass of the night. He moved around on a passed ball and a groundout by May. He crossed home on a Viper wild pitch for a 7-2 lead.
Vance County would scratch again in the fifth inning, but it was not enough to overcome the 7-3 Vikings lead.
“We are getting better, South Granville coach Pratt Maynard said. “We are working hard in practice and it is showing in the games now. We are learning how to win.”
The Vikings used four pitchers in the game with Bryson Lambert starting and picking up the win. Lambert worked two innings and struck out four. Adtler Lake replaced Lambert on the hill and worked one inning striking out one.
South Granville sent Drew Shamer to the mound to work an inning. He was able to strike out two of the three batters he faced. Nick White closed the game, throwing 17 pitches to five batters and striking out one Viper.
“We want to go to playoffs this year,” Edwards said. “We have been taking practice more serious and it is paying off in games.”
Bullock added, “We know we have to win out in order to go to playoffs and we are trying as hard as we can to make that happen.”
Statistics — Sam Dietrich (1-for-1), Joe Calus (1-for-2, RBI), Alex Jones (1-for-2), Drew Fuller (1-for-2, RBI, 2B) and Justin Bullock (1-for-1, 2 RBIs, HR).
The Vikings will play in the Golden Leaf Tournament on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Fleming Stadium in Wilson. South Granville will play Freedom Christian Academy on April 22 at 3 p.m. at Farmville Central. The Vikings will wrap up the tournament with a 4:30 p.m. game on April 23 on the road at Fike.