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BCC sweeps SCC; on verge of first conference title

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 Jay Cannon hit two home runs, Ryne Poplin hit his first home run this season—a game-ending three-run home run—and Ben Morris hit a grand slam as the Brunswick Community College baseball team swept Southeastern Community College 11-2 and 13-4 April 38 at West Brunswick High School.

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The victories cut BCC’s magic number to two for winning its first conference title.

BCC, 19-2 in the conference, has four games left in the regular season. It plays a three-game series this weekend at second-place Lenoir Community College. BCC is 33-11 overall.

Cannon hit a two-run home run and Poplin a game-ending three-run home run in the seventh inning as BCC beat SCC 11-2 in the first game.

Cannon finished 1-for-2 with two RBI. He also was hit by a pitch. Defensively, he made a diving catch of liner and then threw to Poplin at second for an inning-ending double play in the second. Poplin finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

Daniel Terry was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. John Faircloth was 2-for-3 with a walk. Caleb Hall was 2-for-3. Robert Long was 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI.

Starter Aaron Evans (6-1) gave up five hits and no earned runs in four innings. He walked one and struck out three. Talton Cherry gave up one hit and no runs in two innings. He struck out two. Alexander Wardenfelt pitched a scoreless seventh.

Outfielders Trey Euverard and Long made catches of balls that appeared to be dropping in for hits.

BCC scored 12 runs in the first inning in the second game, an inning in which Morris’ grand slam put BCC ahead 4-2 and Cannon’s three-run homer extended the lead to 11-2.

For the game, Cannon finished 2-for-4 with the three-run homer. He has hit four home runs this season. Morris finished 1-for-4 with the slam. The home run was his team-record 10th this season.

Trey Euverard was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Terry was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Robert Long was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Powell was 1-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Hall was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Poplin doubled. Brennen Poston was 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Defensively, Hall, the left fielder, threw out a runner at the plate as he and catcher Terry completed a double play in the first inning. Poston, Cannon and Morris turned a double play in the seventh.

Starter Kye Thompson pitched two innings in getting the victory, his first of the season. He gave up a two-run home run. He walked one and struck out one. Ryan Carr pitched the third and struck out the three batters he face. David Aldridge struck out two and walked one in the fourth. Johnathan Locascio gave up three hits and two runs in the fifth. Tyler Barnes pitched a scoreless and sixth and Jordan Foster walked one and struck out one in the seventh.