Vikings oust Eagles in NCHSAA Playoffs

CJ Vance won the game with a two out 2 run blast to give Avery the 16-14 victory at Hiwassee Dam (Holly Barker Photo)

The Avery Viking Baseball team struggled through much of the season, but have hit a groove at the most important time.

The Vikings defeated Hiwassee Dam on Tuesday afternoon 16-14 in 8 innings to move into the third round and a match-up with Murphy.

Avery held a large 14-7 lead after 5 1/2 innings, but in the bottom of the sixth the Eagles added three runs to cut it to 14-10.  In the seventh, the Eagles retired the Vikings in order, and added four more with a two out rally to send the contest to extra innings.

In the 8th, Avery got a runner on, and with two outs, CJ Vance belted a 2 run shot to right field to put the Vikes up 16-14, and Avery shut down the Eagles in the home half of the inning to seal the win.

Avery will play Murphy on Friday with a game time yet to be announced.  Go Vikes!

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