Wildcat rally downs Greyhounds


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Eli Boles fires a strike to a North Surry batter. At the plate, Boles was 3-3 with four RBI and two runs.


Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

West Stokes Alex Manley slides in safe to second base.


Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

West Stokes avenged their loss to loss to North Surry last week improving their record 5-7, and 1-1 in the conference on Monday night.

The Hounds (10-4, 1-1) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the top of the fourth inning, but West Stokes scored six straight runs and hung on in the end to capture a 7-6 win.

The Greyhounds were patient at the plate and got the game started with three straight walks in the top of the first. A groundout from Brady Watts and an RBI single by McKenzie Cooke gave North Surry an early 2-0 lead.

West Stokes found some life in the bottom of the second with a solo home run from Eli Boles, and the senior righty helped calm things down on the mound for the Wildcats as well.

Boles started the game at shortstop, but he moved to the pitcher’s mound in the top of the third. West Stokes’ previous two pitchers combined to walk five batters, but Boles only yielded three free passes the rest of the way.

The Wildcats started to find consistent success off of Watts, the North Surry starting pitcher, in the bottom of the fourth. Three consecutive singles to start the inning cut the deficit to 5-3 thanks to a line drive up the middle from Boles that scored two runs.

Watts only walked one batter on Monday, but the normally reliable North Surry ace struggled to hit his spots in the later innings. Two more runs from the Wildcats in the fifth inning, both with two outs, tied the score at 5-5.

After holding the Greyhounds scoreless in the top of the sixth, Boles led off the bottom of the frame with another clutch hit, launching a solo home run over the wall in center field for a 6-5 lead. The Wildcats got what proved to be a needed insurance run thanks to a pair of North Surry errors for a 7-5 advantage.

Eli Boles fires a strike to a North Surry batter. At the plate, Boles was 3-3 with four RBI and two runs.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Bolespitch.jpgEli Boles fires a strike to a North Surry batter. At the plate, Boles was 3-3 with four RBI and two runs. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

West Stokes Alex Manley slides in safe to second base.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_MAnley.jpgWest Stokes Alex Manley slides in safe to second base. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

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