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Southern pitcher Nathan Teague approaches milestone in Friday night win over Durham Hillside

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Williams, TBS, BCA also win

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Nathan Teague struck out 12 batters in 5 2/3 innings in Southern Alamance’ 9-0 baseball victory against visiting Durham Hillside in a DAC-VII Conference game Friday night.

Southern senior Nathan Teague has already committed to Vanderbilt University, where he will play college baseball in the fall.

That pushed the senior right-hander’s strikeout total for the season to 99. Coach Jason Smith said Teague came out of the game to limit his pitch count going into the final week of the regular season.

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“We needed it because their (pitcher Jimmyll Williams) was good,” Smith said.

Only two batters reached base against Teague, who gave up an infield single in the second inning and hit Carlos Joseph with a pitch in the fourth. Teague caught Jeremiah Rankins’ bunt and turned that into a double play as Joseph was late retreating to first base.

Cayden Barnard completed the shutout.

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The Patriots (11-9 overall, 7-3 DAC-VII Conference) led only 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. Mark King’s two-out single made it 2-0 before Kris Young’s two-run single.

King had another RBI single in the three-run fifth. Austin Capps drove in the final run in the sixth.

Southern’s first run came when Devin Brewer ended up on third base with a second-inning single that was accompanied by a two-base error. He scored on another fielding mishap.

Durham Hillside fell to 2-14, 1-8.

• On Thursday night at Climax, Angel Mora doubled twice among his three hits and Williams won 8-3 at Providence Grove in a non-league game. Will Cooper and Dan Mahan each had two hits, including a double.

Nate Billings, Trace Hicks and Vince Coker handled the pitching.

In the Central 3-A Conference, Williams (14-8, 6-4) is tied with Roxboro Person (13-7, 6-4) and those teams meet twice to conclude the regular season.

• Western Alamance lost twice in Central 3-A Conference play during the week to drop out of the running for a top spot. The Warriors (8-12, 4-6) fell 12-4 on the road and 9-2 at home. In between, Western topped host Reidsville 8-4 in a non-conference game.

• Eastern Alamance will finish last in the Central 3-A Conference following losses by 10-0 and 13-2 to Roxboro Person on the road and at home, respectively. Payton Wright had the only hit for the Eagles (4-16, 1-9) on Friday night.

• The Burlington School defeated visiting Voyager Academy 8-1 on Friday at Davidson Park behind Tucker Holland’s two-hit pitching across six innings. Holland struck out 15 and walked one.

Cooper Kelly had three hits and Julian Arreola and Gib Wirt both knocked in two runs for the Spartans (6-7).

• Mark Primm and Nathan Rose both drove in two runs as Burlington Christian Academy topped visiting Trinity of Durham and Chapel on Friday at Burlington Athletic Stadium. Cohen Payne pitched five innings for the victory, giving up two hits and striking out six.

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