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Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:19

The Hickory High baseball team played spoiler Friday night as the Red Tornadoes knocked off Alexander Central 8-6 at home. The victory coupled with South Caldwell downing Fred T. Foard 8-1

Friday night in Sawmills, N.C., leaves the Spartans and the Cougars (15-3 overall; 7-2 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) in a first-place tie in the NW3A/4A Conference standings.
The win also moves Hickory (11-7; 4-4) into sole possession of third place in the conference. St. Stephens (10-5; 4-5) dropped into fourth place with a 5-4 loss at Hibriten. That loss also snapped St. Stephens five-game winning streak; Hibriten has won five in a row.
The Red Tornadoes banged out eight hits and took advantage of four Cougars errors to build a 7-0 lead after four innings. Winning pitcher Nick Guarino (3-2) held Alexander Central hitless over the first four innings.
Zach Jarrett’s infield single scored Davis Hanvey with Hickory's first run of the gam. Jarrett was 2-3 with a pair of RBIs. The Red Tornadoes built a 7-0 lead by the fourth inning.
Guarino (2-for-3, one RBI) helped his own cause with a run-scoring single in the frame. The Cougars finally broke through with a pair of runs in the fifth and four more in the seventh, but Tyler  Pait halted the comeback and earned his second save. He retired Jordan Barnes on an infield pop up to end the game.

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference
Baseball Scoreboard
Friday's Games
Hickory 8, Alexander Central 6
South Caldwell 8, Fred T. Foard 1
Hibriten 5, St. Stephens 4
Watauga - bye

Saturday's Games

Providence @ Watauga (DH), 1 p.m.
Draughn @ South Caldwell, 12 Noon

Alex Central 7-2; 15-3
South Caldwell  7-2; 10-6
Hickory      4-4; 11-7
St. Stephens 4-5; 10-5
Hibriten     3-5; 10-6
Watauga      2-5; 5-10
Fred T. Foard 2-6; 7-9

(Conference results only)
Hickory        6-0-1
St. Stephens   6-0-1
Fred T. Foard  4-2-0
Watauga        2-2-1
Hibriten       2-5-0
Alexander Central 1-5-1
South Caldwell    0-7-0

(Conference results only)
Alexander Central 8-1
S. Caldwell       6-3
Fred T. Foard     5-3
St. Stephens      4-4
Hibriten          3-4
Watauga           2-5
Hickory           0-8

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