First Posted: 4/21/2009
Revenge is a dish best served in the form of a Mountain Valley 2A win, if you happen to be a North Surry softball player.
The Greyhounds (12-4, 4-4) broke out their bats in the middle innings en route to a 4-1 victory over visiting Surry Central Tuesday.
You just have no idea, North Surry coach Julie Gammons said of how big the win was. We have Surry Central to thank for one of our losses this season. To be able to come back against what I think is a very good Surry Central team is very big for us mentally and physically.
Playing a close rival who already beat your team is the perfect prescription for concentration.
It puts a little more fire under you, Gammons said. A little more hop in your step.
With the Greyhounds trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Chenoa Marsh singled in the tying run. The next inning saw Raven Medina turn on a ball and send it sailing over the right-field fence for a two-run homer. The closest person to the ball was Medinas father.
Raven absolutely crushed that ball into the cornfield, Gammons said. It was cute to see her dad chasing down the ball.
Kara Hodges singled in the fourth and final run in the sixth.
North Surry 4,
Surry Central 1
010 000 0 1
000 121 x 4
WP: Brooke Graves
East Surry gets big win over West
PILOT MOUNTAIN East Surry snatched up a big win in the Northwest 1-A Conference Tuesday, giving themselves a two-game lead by defeating West Wilkes, 7-0.
East Surry coach Derrick Hill said West Wilkes, which entered Tuesdays game with only one loss (to the Cardinals), has become a rivalry for his team because they offer some of stiffest competition in the Northwest Conference.
They only had one loss coming into the night now they have two and we dont have any, Hill said. They are in second place and we dont play them again so we can go and get first place in the conference and a number one seed in the tournament which is what we are after every year. The conference toruney is going to be at our place so someone is going to have to beat us at East Surry. Also, the West Wilkes games have become rivalry games over the past years. They like to beat us and we like to beat them.
East Surrys Hayley Shelton was tough for the Cards Tuesday, giving up just two hits while striking out nine.
Christian Smith led East Surry at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Courtney Simmons added two runs and an RBI while Samantha Smith added a homerun and two RBIs.
East Surry 7,
West Wilkes 0
West Wilkes 000 000 0 0 2 2
East Surry 000 133 x 7 7 1
WP: Hayley Shelton; LP: Danielle Handy
3B: Christian Smith; HR: Samantha Smith
Bears bust Trojans
Mount Airy coach Olivia Bolen said her team has been focusing lately on playing seven strong innings. They had to settle for six and a half Tuesday.
The host Granite Bears did not have to bat in the bottom of the seventh in their 9-4 win over Alleghany. Sarah Connolly belted three doubles to help Mount Airy (5-7, 5-6 Northwest 1A). Each of Connollys doubles came without runners on base, but she usually found herself crossing the plate.
Every time she was up to bat she got the rally going, Bolen said. She was just pounding the ball.
A four-run fifth inning was instrumental for the Granite Bears. Connolly led of with a double and scored when Rachel Harris doubled. The third batter of the inning, Rachels sister, Sarah, singled home Harris. After that, Mount Airy was in control.
Megan Sechrist drove in three run, including a triple that plated a pair. Mount Airy scored seven runs in its final two at-bats.
The fact our bats got stronger as we went on really helped us seal the deal, Bolen said.
The Granite Bears host North Surry in a non-conference matchup today at 5 p.m.
Mount Airy 9,
A 100 010 2 4 7 1
M 101 340 x 9 9 2
WP: Kourtney Wagoner; LP: Wooten
2B: MA Sarah Connolly (3), Rachel Harris,
3B: A Caudill; MA Wagoner, Megan Sechrist