South Stokes kept their winning streak alive Monday night turning a triple and double play in the last two innings to defeat Starmount 1-0.
“I thought Mason Dutton did outstanding on the mound. He was on all night and our defense stepped up behind him,” said Sauras coach Shane Worth.
Senior Alex Owens singled off a hit past shortstop and worked his way around to score with the help of Dutton and Tanner Birkholz.
While the Sauras struggled to gain traction at the plate through much of the game, they were errorless in the outfield.
“Our fielding was strong, but we’ve got to keep working on hitting. Tonight was too many strikeouts and we were leaving too many runners on base,” Worth said.
South opened their season on March 3 with a 9-1 victory over East Surry. Jake Carter started on the mound, only giving up one earned run. Dutton and Andrew Tilley pitched two innings of shutout relief. Birkholz led the Sauras with two home runs. Carter, Ozzy Polifka, and Landon Johnstone also contributed at the plate.
“I thought that game was probably our best overall as far as hitting, pitching, and fielding,” Worth said.
South traveled to Walkertown two days later and came away with a 5-4 victory. Tilley picked up the win on the mound going six strong innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs while striking out six. Dutton came on in the bottom of the seventh to record the final three outs of the game to earn the save. Carter, Dutton, and Polifka led at the plate.
“We didn’t play our best, but still got the win. When all things start clicking with this team I think they’ll be surprised what they can do,” Worth said.
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