Patriots, Vikings open up on the diamonds
Pinecrest 16, Union Pines 6
In the season opener for the Vikings and host Patriots, the Vikings led 4-3 in the third inning before Pinecrest won via mercy rule in five innings Wednesday night.
The Patriots scored a run in the bottom of the third, then 10 runs in the fourth for a 14-4 lead. Aaron Reimer got the win on the mound for the Patriots.
Pinecrest (1-0) plays at Southern Lee tonight at 7 p.m. Union Pines (0-1) hosts Southwestern Randolph this evening at 6 p.m.
Pinecrest 9, Union Pines 8
Union Pines and Pinecrest traded seventh-inning rallies with the Lady Patriots taking the county rivalry game in Southern Pines Wednesday.
Bri Embler's two-run double plated the tying and winning runs for the Lady Patriots. Union Pines trailed 7-5 before scoring three runs in the top of the seventh.
Pinecrest (1-0) plays next at Union Pines (0-1) on Tuesday. The Lady Vikings played East Montgomery yesterday.
Union Pines 9, Douglas Byrd 0
Singles - John Dangerfield d. Letwall Agosto 10-0, Ben Williams d. Hiram Gascot 10-0, Dylan Dinkins d. Tijuan Shackelford 10-0, Adam Howard d. Jermal McAllister 10-0, Jordan Allen d. John Haskins 10-0, Matt Lorenz d. Chris Haskins 10-0
Doubles - Dangerfield/Dinkins d. Agosto/Shackelford 8-0, Williams/Allen d. Gascot/McAllister 8-0, Howard/Lorenz d. J. Haskins/Willie McDonald 8-0
John Dangerfield won twice taking his Viking career record to 112-18, No. 21 all-time in Union Pines' history. Ben Williams won his first two career matches. Union Pines (1-0) played at Overhills yesterday and will host Gray's Creek Monday at 4 p.m. The Vikings are the defending Cape Fear Valley champs and went 17-1 last season.