First Posted: 6/15/2009
The Surry Pride senior team had mixed results over the weekend, bombing Kernersville into submission Friday but faltering against Montgomery County Sunday, where the Pride lost by one run in the ninth inning.
The Pride rode a strong pitching performance from Andrew Jessup (Surry Community) and a tremendous night at the plate to slug their way past Kernersville, 14-4.
Jessup, who went the distance on the mound, struck out eight and walked three also helping himself at the plate, where he finished 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Pride coach Barry Hall said he has been pleased with the chance Jessup gives his team to win each time he steps to the mound.
He threw great Friday, Hall said. Anytime we put him on the mound we feel confident we are going to win. Hes not only a good pitcher, hes a fine young man to go along with it.
Surry managed 18 hits in the game and picked up strong performances from a variety of players.
Shane Johnson (Surry Central) led the way for the Pride, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs and a pair of doubles. Casey Felts (Surry Central) wasnt far behind, finishing 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, and was followed by Matt Harris (3-for-5, one homerun and two RBIs), Zach Chilton (3-for-5, four RBIs) and Luke Harris (2-for-6).
The Pride then traveled the 230-mile round trip ride to face Montgomery County Sunday in the sweltering June heat.
After things started well for Surry, a rough sixth inning put the Pride in a predicament and led to a final inning loss.
It was good for a while, then it went south on us, Hall said.
Leading 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Surry had a meltdown in the field, committing three errors and giving Montgomery six runs, all unearned.
Hall said starter Austin McLamb had been strong until the sixth, but fell into some tough breaks.
He did, and has done, a good job for us, he just didnt have any luck, Hall said. Thats part of the game. The kids have played good for us, its just one of those things. They were not hard plays, we just didnt execute.
Shane Johnson again was strong for the Pride at the plate, finishing 2-for-5, followed by Matt Harris (2-for-4). Taylor Hull and Luke Harris also belted homeruns in the loss.
With the weekend split, the Pride sit at 4-5 in conference play, in a tie with Burlington and just ahead of Winston-Salem.
Surry will have a chance to distance themselves from its competition, as it will travel to Burlington today at 7 p.m. before hosting Winston-Salem in a double-header Friday in Pilot Mountain beginning at 6 p.m.
The Pride had originally been scheduled to travel to Winston-Salem Friday, but because of a scheduling problem
Surry will get an unexpected, and welcomed, home test.
Surry 110 120 404 14 18 2
Kernersville 000 000 400 4 7 2
WP: Andrew Jessup
Surry 110 120 100 6 9 3
Montgomery 000 006 001 7 13 1
WP: Corey Holderth
LP: Austin McLamb