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Rockingham County sweeps series with Rockets

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The Person High School baseball team opened Mid-State Conference play with a pair of losses to Rockingham County this week. The Cougars survived a late rally to edge Person 7-5 Tuesday in Wentworth and finished off the season sweep with a 6-2 victory Thursday in Roxboro.

Person slipped to 1-2 on the season, while Rockingham County improved to 4-0.

The Cougars scratched out runs in the first, second and fifth innings in Thursday’s game, but stranded 13 runners through six, including coming up empty with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth.

Person carried that momentum into the bottom half of the sixth with two runs, highlighted by an RBI double off the wall in right-center by Dylan Collie. Collie came around to score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Trey Lunsford to slice the Cougars’ lead to 3-2.

Rockingham County got some much needed insurance with three runs in the seventh, all coming with two outs. Alden Kolessar and Ethan Beville came through with RBI singles on grounders that sneaked through the Rockets’ infield and Kolessar.

Freshman Cayden Goodwin and Jacob Vaughn each had hits for Person.

Jonathan Todd picked up the win for the Cougars after tossing five scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out eight. Justin Carden was saddled with the loss for Person after surrendering two earned runs on three hits. He struck out four, but walked five.

Justin Crabtree and Jared Phelps each tossed two innings of relief.

The Rockets trailed 6-1 heading into the sixth inning in Tuesday’s conference opener, but responded with four runs to make things interesting going into the final frame.

Will McMahan led the Rockets at the plate, going 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Luke Clayton had the team’s only other hit.

Person will return to action Tuesday when it challenges Eastern Alamance. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Mebane.

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