Rebels go 2-0 against conference foe Union

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North Duplin's baseball and women's soccer teams dominated conference rival Union winning both games with a combined score of 14-1.

Baseball

A big four-run inning in the fifth by North Duplin helped the Rebels separate themselves in a 6-1 rout of conference rival Union.

The Rebels beat Union 13-1 earlier in the season and once again, they got the scoring started early yesterday as David Price was able to move up into scoring position after an errant throw. Gage Outlaw then sent a shot to right field that moved Price up to third and thanks to another flyout deep into the outfield, Price was able to score giving North Duplin the 1-0 lead.

Union answered back to tie the ballgame up at one in the top of the third inning. North Duplin didn't respond in the bottom half, but they did in the fourth getting another run to regain the lead 2-1 at the end of four.

After the third inning where he gave up a run, Gage Outlaw settled down and his offense rewarded him by scoring four runs in the bottom half of the fifth that gave the Rebels a secure 6-1 lead. 

With Union not being able to respond, North Duplin picked up their seventh victory of the season winning 6-1, also their second victory of the season over Union.

Sophomore Kyle Holland had a solid day at the dish for North Duplin going a perfect 3-for-3 and finishing with an RBI. Fellow sophomore Andy Cameron led the team picking up two of the team's six RBI. Marshall Pate, Gavin Lee, and Landen Kelly were the other Rebels that finished with RBI.

Gage Outlaw pitched a complete game finishing with six strikeouts for his fourth win of the season. Coach Caleb Hall praised his pitcher and the defense behind him saying, "Our defense was for sure the key. Outlaw induced lots of fly balls and ground balls and we were able to make plays behind him...Hopefully, that momentum will carry through to the rest of the season."

Soccer

Similar to the baseball team, the Lady Rebels jumped ahead of Union early. In more dominating fashion, however, North Duplin scored five goals in the first half and three in the second half giving them a commanding 8-0 win against the Lady Spartans.

North Duplin scored their first goal in the first 40 seconds of the ballgame and they were rolling after that.

Senior Kendy Rangel had a dominating performance scoring five goals. Senior Joanna Flores finished with two goals, and fellow senior Lindsay Underhill finished with one goal to round out the scoring for North Duplin. 

"The girls played really well offensively tonight,"  said coach Shannon Edmunson. "We’ve gone from being a defensive team to an offensive, attacking team, and I think it showed on the scoreboard tonight."

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