CVCC's Grant Tilley places the tag on Southeastern's Riley Cameron during Friday's Region X/Southeast District tournament game. Photo courtesy of Cody Dalton/CVCC Athletics

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team lost its first game at the Region X/Southeast District tournament but won a consolation game to stay alive in the double-elimination bracket, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

The fourth-seeded Red Hawks dropped a heartbreaking 6-4 extra-innings contest to Southeastern Community College on Friday night. Trailing 4-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, CVCC rallied to force extras after a two-run double from Rod Munoz and a game-tying two-run home run from R.J. Conner. But the fifth-seeded Rams pushed across two more runs in the 11th that CVCC couldn’t match.

Region X pitcher of the year Logan Bender struck out 12 and allowed two runs (one earned) over seven innings but didn’t factor into the decision. Greg Collins (0-4) was charged with the loss after giving up two unearned runs in two innings of work.

With their season on the line, the Red Hawks bounced back Saturday morning to beat No. 8 Guilford Tech 8-0. Conner went 2-for-3 with a grand slam – his team-leading sixth homer of the year – and two runs. Ryan Healy also finished with two hits and two runs. On the mound, Blake Dockery (6-2) pitched a three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts for the victory.

CVCC (33-20) advances in the consolation side of the bracket to face the loser of Saturday evening’s game between Pitt Community College and Paul D. Camp. That game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday on the campus of Pitt CC.  

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