North Duplin baseball shuts down the Cougars

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Sophomore Gage Outlaw pitched a commanding game as he struck out eleven hitters while also giving up only one hit helping North Duplin knockoff Neuse Charter 8-0 for their second win over the Cougars this season.

North Duplin had everything clicking for them on Thursday against conference opponent Neuse Charter. The Rebels’ bats helped out their sophomore pitcher scoring four runs in the first two innings that gave them an early 4-0 lead heading into the top of the third. Gage Outlaw was locked in from start to finish as the hitters from Neuse Charter stood no chance against the devastating pitches from the talented sophomore.

Still leading 4-0 after two and a third, North Duplin added another run in the bottom half of the third inning and three in the bottom half of the fifth to lead 8-0 going into the sixth inning. Outlaw had given up only one hit throughout the ballgame and for the seventh straight inning, he shut down the Cougars’ hitters to pick up his third win of the season and the Rebels’ sixth win of the season keeping them in second place in the Carolina 1A conference.

Gage Outlaw not only pitched seven innings finishing with eleven strikeouts, the sophomore also went 1-for-4 picking up two RBI in the ballgame. Fellow sophomores Kyle Holland and Kyle Figueroa both finished with an RBI. Holland went batted 1.000 going 3-for-3 and Figueroa went 1-for-3. Freshman Kyle Smith went 0-for-2, but he was able to pick up his second RBI of the season and senior Marshall Pate brought in an RBI giving the Rebels six RBI on the day.

North Duplin returned to the diamond on Tuesday for an away match at Lakewood. The Rebels will come back home on Thursday when they host conference opponent Union at 6.

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