Emerald's Cagney Butler attempts to tag out a Belton-Honea Path runner during the first inning. Butler had two hits in helping the Vikings beat the fifth-ranked Bears 6-1.
(Andrew Macke | Index-Journal)
Emerald's Cagney Butler attempts to tag out a Belton-Honea Path runner during the first inning. Butler had two hits in helping the Vikings beat the fifth-ranked Bears 6-1. (Andrew Macke | Index-Journal)
Emerald High School baseball coach Stanley Moss challenged his team before they hosted the fifth-ranked team in Class AAA, Belton-Honea Path. The Vikings always play better when they start well, so Moss challenged his team to punch the Bears in the mouth early.
Matthew Mulkey tossed that early haymaker, and it gave Sheldon Reed more than enough cushion on the mound.
Mulkey hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the first inning, and Reed tossed a complete game with 10 strikeouts as Emerald won 6-1, putting themselves in a three-way tie for the Region I-AAA lead with B-HP and Wren.


"This is big," Reed said. "This gets us back up to the top of the region. This puts us all tied for first, so if we go out and beat them the next time, we're in a good spot."
Reed opened the game by sitting the Bears down in order with two strikeouts, and Mulkey came through in the bottom half. Hamp Fallaw and Reed both reached base on errors, and with two outs, Mulkey hammered a ball to the right centerfield fence for a triple, scoring Fallaw and Reed easily.

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