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Jul 10, 2013 2:12 AM by Andrew Masuda

Stuart, Morgan lead North County Indians to 8-2 win over SM Reds

Mac Stuart slugged a 2-run home run in the fourth inning for the Indians' first hit of the game to jolt the offense in the North County Indians' 6-2 victory over the Santa Maria Reds on Tuesday night.

Stuart, a Paso Robles High graduate and Cuesta sophomore, clubbed a pitch from Julian Garcia over the right-field fence to tie the game at 2-2.

Incoming Cal Poly freshman Kevin Morgan singled up the middle with 2 outs in the fifth inning to score Sinjin Todd from second to give the Indians the lead for good. They erupted for five more runs in the sixth to cap an eight run scoring burst to improve to 19-8 on the season.

Stuart also doubled in the game and went 2-4. Tyler Kollman, a Templeton High graduate, as well as Morgan also went 2 for 4 to lead the Indians.

Atascadero High graduate Bryan Kirkpatrick earned the win. He started and went 5 innings and scattered 5 hits and 2 runs. He walked one and struck out one.

The Reds scored one in the first and another in the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Andrew Penner scored on a wild pitch in the second to account for the last Santa Maria run. Penner, Malcom Mumin and Michael Otero each had one double for the Reds.

Both teams collected 8 hits. The Indians have now taken 2 of 3 this summer from the Reds. They host the Bakersfield Sound on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm. Sunday's series finale is scheduled for 5 pm.

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