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HRs power McKinney North over Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK, Texas -- Two home runs sparked McKinney North to a key 4-2 district win over Highland Park on Friday night.

North starting pitcher Aaron Rhodes opened the game's scoring in the top of the fifth, hitting the first pitch he saw over the right-center wall.

North's Heath Beasley continued the Bulldog offensive roll in the top of the seventh, sending another first-pitch ball out of Scotland Yard over the left-field wall. The Bulldogs scored two more runs in the inning to stretch the lead to 4-1.

The Scots drove in one in the bottom of the seventh and moved runners to second and third with two outs but couldn't complete the comeback.

Rhodes picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on four hits in his complete-game effort.

McKinney North is 3-2 in District 10-4A with the win. Highland Park falls to 1-4 in district play, which is a skid coach Fred Oliver said hasn't been seen at Highland Park for as long as he can remember.

"We can't seem to buy a hit when we need to," Oliver said. "Our backs are against the wall. We have to win."