Green Machine defeats Potter's Baseball Tour in exhibition

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The Mount Olive Green Machine warmed up for its regular-season finale with an 10-7 exhibition triumph over Potter’s Baseball Tour on Sunday evening.

Knotted at 3-3 through the early stages, the Machine’s offense exploded in the fourth inning.

Carter Smith, Noah Walker, starting pitcher Richard Noble, Caleb Gray and Jackson Lewis each contributed during a five-run uprising that pushed Mount Olive in front for good.

The lead ballooned to 10-4 before PBT answered with a three-run, seventh-inning rally.

Walker picked up the save for the Machine, which is scheduled to play the Garner Junior Nats today. First pitch is 6 p.m. at the Eastern Carolina Athletic Park.

PBT dressed seven players for the game, which was contested at Daughtry Field. Machine head coach Shane Aube shared his players, who assisted the Pirates on defense.

The Pirates used multiple pitchers during the two-hour affair. Every player - Bryan Shirkey, Kahleb Herring, Gavin Ellison, Ethan Elswick, Leroy Beary, Jacob Bardsley and Matthew Goppold - contributed either offensively or defensively.

PBT left Mount Olive on Monday morning and continued its tour with stop in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, later in the day.

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