Sauras fall to Walkertown in summer season

Recent graduate Jake Mabe pitched the first two innings against Walkertown.

Tanner Birkholz reaches for the out at first base.

Mason Dutton doubles in the bottom of the first inning.

South Stokes wrapped up their two and a half week summer season Tuesday night in a 9-4 loss to Walkertown.

“They played hard,” said coach Shane Worth. “It’s a learning process and for the younger ones the game moves a little faster at this level.”

Mason Dutton doubled in the first inning and made his way home off a single from Jake Carter. Rising sophomore Anthony Smith provided a boost for the Sauras early on hitting an over the fence homerun driving in Carter and Tanner Birkholz giving South a 4-0 lead.

“I thought we threw the ball well and hit well especially for this being the summer. They got better and that’s what you want to see,” Worth said.

Walkertown responded in the top of the third by loading the bases and bringing in two runs. Keeping their momentum going they added two more runs, tying the game 4-4 off a deep hit to right field and a pair of line drives.

Worth said he moved players around this time of year to see where they fit best allowing rising freshmen an opportunity to play before moving into South’s program.

“They’re picking up their speed and learning what they need to do to get themselves ready for JV or varsity,” the coach said.

In the field South started the top of the fourth inning with a double play at first and second base but the Wolfpack managed to score two runs off hard-hit singles and a double landing near the fence. Walkertown tacked on three more runs before closing the game.

During offseason Worth said his team needs to rest, step away from baseball for a short time and then get back to it.

“They’ll run and throw and get plenty of swings and reps in. Then, they’ll get ready for the season and back in the weight room.”

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

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