LILLINGTON — Welcoming Tri-County 3A Conference leader Union Pines Tuesday, the Western Harnett baseball team saw an early deficit dwindle to just one after a fourth-inning rally.
But the productive frame was the Eagles' last offensive output in the 18-6 loss.
Western (5-8, 5-4 TCC) starter Jason Barnes went five innings, giving up five earned runs while also striking out five.
Union Pines (11-1, 7-1 TCC) jumped on Barnes early, using RBIs from Bryson Horney and Chance Purvis to grab a 4-0 advantage.
Horney and Purvis were two of eight Vikings batters to post multi-hit efforts. Purvis' second RBI extended the early lead to 7-0 in the top half of the fourth.
After stranding multiple runners on base in the first three innings, Seth McLamb came through with a two-RBI double in the home half of the fourth that cut the deficit to 7-3.
McLamb was joined by Tristin Ung, Julian Barnes, Cole Nehring, Carl Collins and Zack Hooper in crossing the plate to cap a six-run frame that closed the margin to one run.
But the Vikings scored 11 runs over the final three innings to close out the win.
The two teams are set to close the season series at Union Pines on Friday.
Harnett Central 6, Triton 8.
Wallace-Rose Hill 2, Midway 12.
Hobbton 7, Neuse Charter 2.