South Stokes traveled to Danbury Friday night hungry for a win. After dropping their first loss of the season to McMichael the Sauras redeemed themselves defeating North Stokes 10-0 in six innings.
“We had some defensive miscues, but I thought our bats picked up for two innings and we swung well,” said South’s coach Shane Worth.
Andrew Tilley started on the mound for the Sauras and went five innings. He allowed three hits, struck out eight, and walked one. Mason Dutton came in during the sixth and struck out two of the four batters he faced.
“I thought our pitchers did a great job. Andrew (Tilley) was strong and Mason (Dutton) came up right behind him and threw strikes. Both of them kept us in the ballgame,” Worth said.
After a scoreless first inning Ozzy Polifka led off by smoking a line drive down the third baseline earning a double and advanced to third off a Viking error.
Cason Stanley took first after being hit by a pitch and Hunter Mikels singled to load the bases.
Matthew Hayden drove in the first run with a pop-up to right field and senior Jake Carter kept the momentum alive bringing in another run off a hard-hit single.
Mikels gave the Sauras a 3-0 advantage after stealing home.
At bat, Alex Owens made it to first off a North Stokes error.
Mason Dutton drove in two more runs with a hit stretching to the fence, but was tagged out by Jackson Moorefield at third base.
“Coach Mabe’s done a great job with our hitting. I think our kids are starting to connect with what he’s saying,” Worth said.
In the top of the fourth inning, North Stokes pitcher Paul-Michael Charleville caught a pop-fly for the first out and Alex Sams had two outs at first base.
At bat, sophomore Layton Helms was the only player to gain any traction with a sharp hit to centerfield. The sophomore went on to steal second, but was left stranded squandering an opportunity for the Vikings to score.
“We definitely didn’t play to our potential tonight,” said North’s coach Stephen Sauer.
South pushed across five more runs in the sixth inning.
Carter led off with a double and then several of South’s players drew a walk after North put in a new pitcher. With bases loaded, Tanner Birkholz doubled off a Vikings error driving in two runs.
“Jake (Carter), Mason (Dutton), Tanner (Birkholz), Matthew (Hayden), and Andrew (Tilley) hit the ball well, but we have to do that for seven straight innings. We’ve got to keep working on fundamentals,” Worth said.
On Saturday, North Stokes shook off the loss and went on to defeat East Wilkes 5-4 and Mitchell 8-5.
North and South Stokes square off again this Friday at South in a non-conference matchup with JV games beginning at 4 p.m.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.