First Posted: 5/2/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN It took nearly 72 hours, but in the end East Surry couldnt rally to overtake Bishop McGuinness for the Northwest 1A conference regular-season baseball title.
The visiting Villains took a 3-1 lead Wednesday before the game was halted after lighting was spotted in the area. The game concluded Saturday with Bishop McGuinness winning 3-2.
The Cardinals (16-7, 11-5) got off to a slow re-start, but after a fiery speech from coach Barry Hall in the bottom of the sixth inning, Andrew Hunter led off with a homer to bring East Surry within one. When Walt Tuttle walked, it appeared the Cardinals had begun to turn the tide. But Logan Needham bounced into a Taylor-made double play which the Villains shortstop took himself. Jayson Murphy and Spence Tuttle each singled after that, but Troy Jessups line drive was knocked down by winning pitcher Ethan Lodics, who made the play at first.
We had some quality at-bats and several kids hit the ball hard and you cant ask for more than that as a coach, Hall said. We probably had four or five solid balls that they gobbled up and threw to first to make the out.
Murphy drove in the Cardinals other run with a first-inning sacrifice fly Wednesday. Jessup pitched yesterdays game and finished without allowing a run.
The loss ties the Cardinals with Mount Airy for third place in the section. As a result of a tiebreaker scenario which includes head-to-head play (the teams split their season series) and records against other conference teams, East Surry represents fourth place as far as the conference playoffs are concerned.
Bishop McGuinness tied for first place with West Wilkes. The Blackhawks will represent as the top-seeded team in the conference tournament.
East Surry hosts East Wilkes Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the Northwest 1A conference tournament.
BM 300 000 0 3 6 0
ES 100 001 0 2 5 1
WP: Ethan Lodics; LP: Cody Rodgers
2B: BM Tony Barker; ES Logan Needham. HR: ES Andrew Hunter