The Lady Vikings remain undefeated (5-0, 2-0 Northwest 1A Conference) after handing East Surry a 10-4 loss on Friday night.
The Cardinals (7-4, 1-1 Northwest 1A Conference) seemed to have a slight edge in the early going, taking the lead on two different occasions. The hosts had reason to believe they were headed to a victory when they gained a 4-2 advantage a second time in the bottom of the fourth inning.
But at bat, North tacked on seven runs in the fifth.
“The girls played good overall. We’re still not where we need to be, but we’re headed in the right direction,” said Vikings coach Jeff Frye. “I think what we took from this is if we continue to stay in it and put the ball into play and play defense we have a shot to win every game that we play.”
Emma Mabe led off and smashed a hit to center field, resulting in a homerun. East pitcher Emily Cummings retired the next batter, but then Lora Wood hit a homer over the right-field fence to tie the game and swing the momentum firmly into the hands of the Lady Vikings.
The East Surry defense went into meltdown mode, allowing Ashley Smith to reach on an error before recording the second out. Sierra Hubbard followed and then Sarah McBride singled to right. A walk to Chandley Garner was followed by Carson Watkins bringing in two more runs. Mabe stepped up and swatted a clean single to center, extending the lead to 9-4.
The Lady Vikings tacked on another run in the sixth, on a single by Emma Petree.
Friday’s win gave North their second conference feat of the season. They defeated Walkertown 10-0 on March 22.
North Stokes hosts North Davidson on Friday, April 1 beginning at 6 p.m.
Boys win 1-0
North Stokes won 1-0 on a two-out scratch single by Jake Chesnet in the top of the fourth inning that brought in Alex Sams with the game’s only run.
The game could perhaps be summed up by how it began and how it ended. The first two Cardinal batters of the night, John Marion and Tyler Smith, both drew walks off Viking pitcher Layton Helms. Then Blake Marion stepped up and crushed a line drive — right into the path of the North Stokes second baseman. Smith, who had been sure that Marion had a hit, was too far off the first-base bag and got doubled up. Then, on the final out of the night, John Marion appeared to have kept the Cardinals alive with a hot smash well over the head of Viking first baseman Alex Sams. But Sams made a leaping catch and the game was over.
The winning run was set up by a leadoff single from Sams. Kain Kiser struck out the next batter and then got the second out on a grounder to short, but walked Elijah Childers on a 3-1 pitch to continue the inning. Chesnet followed with a single to give North Stokes a 1-0 lead.
Helms struck out six in authoring his shutout win in which he threw 86 pitches in seven innings. Vikings coach Stephen Sauer selected him as player of the game.