Three weeks ago, after a 10-9 loss at Chapel Hill where the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, Cedar Ridge senior Brandon Andrews called a mandatory, players-only practice.

After some tough losses, the results are starting to arrive.

On Friday night, the Red Wolves defeated Western Harnett 9-3 in the 2nd game of the Hilltop Invitational at Red Wolves Field. Cedar Ridge won its opener in the tournament 9-8 against Riverside on Thursday.

Sophomore Phil Berger improved to 4-2 after scattering six hits in six innings, yielding just two runs, one earned.

Junior Adam Chnupa went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two doubles as Cedar Ridge jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings. Chnupa also stole two bases. Cedar Ridge poured on four more runs in the fifth inning to erase any hopes of an Eagles comeback.

Andrews finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Freshman Jake DeFranco went 2-for-3 with an RBI. 1st baseman Chris Cox, who had three hits on Thursday night, laced a double in the first and scored twice.

Cedar Ridge will wrap up its stint in the Hilltop against Wake County Home Schools on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at Red Wolves Field. They return to conference play on Tuesday with another home game against J.F. Webb.

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