Sauras sweep conference opener


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@civitasmedia.com



South Stokes pitcher Charley Fallin pitched a no-hitter against Surry Central on Friday night.


Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

Katie Manring prevents a runner from advancing to first base.


Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

Tanner Birkholz drove in a three run homer in the first inning against Forbush on March 29 to help the Sauras secure a 3-2 win against Forbush and clench their conference opener.


Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

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Charley Fallin tossed a no-hitter Friday night against Surry Central helping lead the Lady Sauras to an 11-0 Western Piedmont 2A Conference opener.

“Charley pitched well. I thought they played really well as a team. I think the chemistry is probably one of the best things going for us right now,” said South coach Rick McHone.

With the win, the Sauras improved 2-6 overall and 1-0 in the conference. It’s been a slow-go for the girls partly due to the competition they’ve faced early in the season against 4A programs, two ranked in the top five in the state (West Forsyth and North Davidson).

“It was disheartening in the beginning, but we were playing monster teams,” McHone said, “The past couple weeks they’ve come together. As long as they play under control and don’t do more than they can do they’re in good shape.”

Plagued with errors weeks ago, McHone said the team is settling down into their roles and playing more to their potential.

“It’s hard to overcome errors and early on we were just one after the other. We had one error against East Surry and none against Surry Central. That’s the goal.”

On Friday, South poured all 11 of their runs during the third and fourth inning. Autumn Senter added a homerun and 3 RBI, Katie Manring, who had a grand slam against East Surry the week before provided a double and 2 RBI, and Fallin added a hit bringing in two runs.

Boys team defeats Forbush in WPAC opener

Senior Tanner Birkholz drove in a three run homer in the first inning against Forbush on March 29 helping secure a 3-2 win.

Jake Carter threw six innings and Andrew Tilley got the save pitching the seventh.

“Defense and pitching was our strong point,” said South coach Shane Worth. “We have to get better putting the ball in play and putting pressure on the defense.”

Three days later, South traveled to Forbush and fell 2-1.

South Stokes pitcher Charley Fallin pitched a no-hitter against Surry Central on Friday night.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Fallin.jpgSouth Stokes pitcher Charley Fallin pitched a no-hitter against Surry Central on Friday night. Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

Katie Manring prevents a runner from advancing to first base.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Katie.jpgKatie Manring prevents a runner from advancing to first base. Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

Tanner Birkholz drove in a three run homer in the first inning against Forbush on March 29 to help the Sauras secure a 3-2 win against Forbush and clench their conference opener.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_tannerb-2-.jpgTanner Birkholz drove in a three run homer in the first inning against Forbush on March 29 to help the Sauras secure a 3-2 win against Forbush and clench their conference opener. Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

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