First Posted: 4/15/2009
RONDA Mount Airy put together a strong performance against East Wilkes Wednesday but had to hold off a late Cardinals rally to come away with a 10-9 win in a thrilling finish.
After leading 7-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, East Wilkes exploded for a five run inning to pull the score even at 7-7 and put the pressure squarely on the Bears heading into their last regulation at-bat.
Mount Airy did not back down, when in the top of the seventh the Bears Rachel Harris led off with a double on an 0-2 count, then moving to third on a Sara Harris sacrifice bunt. Pitcher Kourtney Wagoner then doubled to score Harris, followed by a single by Courtney Issacs to score Wagoner and give the Bears a 9-7 lead.
The Bears Elizabeth Ballard then knocked a base hit, pushing Issacs towards home, with the East Wilkes third basemen being called for obstruction as she hindered Issacs while rounding third, automatically awarding her a free pass to the plate and the Bears a 10-7 lead.
Issacs run from the obstruction call would prove to be huge in the final outcome, as Mount Airy held off another East Wilkes rally to snatch the 10-9 win, putting out the Cardinals leadoff hitter with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Granite Bears pitcher Kourtney Wagoner went the distance for coach Olivia Bolen, who said it was good to see one her top pitchers come up big in the face of adversity.
It was big for Kourtney because this was her first complete game win, Bolen said. She stayed strong for us and was a constant force. She held to them the whole game. They had their rally inning but she did well in the 7th.
As for the late rally and heroics, Bolen said she was proud of the way her team handled the pressure.
East Wilkes is a team that is not going to give up on us, she said. They battled back and had a big rally inning in the top of the seventh. The girls knew it was do or die. They had to get hits or go home. It was huge for all of our girls to not give up and to come through with some really clutch hits. The last time we played East Wilkes and they came back in the fifth and had another big rally inning. The girls remembered that feeling and definitely wanted to win bad enough to make something happen. We were fighting till the very last out.
Kourtney Wagoner had a monster day for the Bears, with in addition to picking up the win, finished 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBIs.
Rachel Harris finished 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored, followed by Elizabeth Ballard who was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and one double.
Mount Airy will host Alleghany next Tuesday.
Mount Airy 10,
East Wilkes 9
Mount Airy 202 030 3 10 13 3
East Wilkes 000 205 2 9 11 2
WP: MA Kourtney Wagoner; LP: K. Durham
2B: MA Rachel Harris, Kourtney Wagoner, Elizabeth Ballard; EW B. Cleary, E. Minton
3B: EW A. Litschke
Cards crush Vikings
DANBURY On Saturday, East Surry was no-hit by 3A power Southern Alamance in a non-conference game. The Cardinals found a much easier opponent Wednesday when they returned to Northwest 1A competition in North Stokes.
Visiting East Surry (10-2, 8-0) scored 13 runs and pounded out 12 hits for a 13-0 win. Winning pitcher Hayley Shelton struck out 14 in six innings of work.
The hit parade was led by Morgan Chilton, who blasted a 3-run homer in the top of the fourth to go with a double and four RBIs. Courtney Simmons went 4-for-4 with an RBI double. Simmons drove in a run with every hit. Beth Isaacs capped the game in style with a solo shot to begin the seventh inning.
We feel pretty good about what we did, East Surry coach Derrick Hill said. Our plan was to hit the ball and get some runs.
Wednesday was the first time the Cardinals faced North Stokes. They teams were supposed to meet early in the season, but the East Surry girls basketball team was still playing.
East Surry 13,
North Stokes 0
ES 020 421 4 13 12 1
NS 000 000 0 0 2 2
WP: Hayley Shelton; LP: Hole
2B: ES Courtney Simmons, Morgan Chilton; NS Boles. HR: ES Chilton, Beth Isaacs