First Posted: 4/21/2009
DOBSON Surry Centrals Austin McLamb showed why he is one of the top pitchers in Surry County Tuesday, putting together a strong performance both on the mound and at the plate to lead Central to a 9-1 over North Surry.
The Greyhounds had tons of trouble with McLamb, managing just four hits and only one for extra bases, a double by firstbasemen Josh Holderfield.
McLamb struck out eight and walked none, giving up one run in six innings while also leading the way offensively for Central, finishing 2-for-4 with a run, a double and three RBIs.
Austin threw very well tonight, Central coach Matt Scott said. Austin gives us a chance every time he is on the mound. Our defense and hitting seems to step up their concentration and focus when Austin pitches.
McLamb had a shaky first inning start, hitting the third batter he faced to give the Greyhounds their only free pass of the day.
The woes wouldnt last long however, with McLamb facing just 17 batters in the final six innings.
With Central leading 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Golden Eagles turned it up at the plate, scoring five runs to all but put the game away.
In the sixth the Eagles strung together four consecutive hits and finished the inning with two doubles.
Scott said he was proud of Casey Felts performance at the plate Tuesday, saying the junior showed improvement over his recent troubles.
I feel like he really broke out tonight, Scott said. Casey struggled the past few weeks and we talked about him being more aggressive and he took it to the plate.
Felts finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, followed by Ty Hudson who ended 1-for-2 with 2 runs and a double.
Surry Central 9,
North Surry 1
North Surry 000 010 0 1 4 2
Surry Central 201 105 0 9 10 2
WP: Austin McLamb; LP: Taylor Hull
2B: SC Austin McLamb, Luke Harris, Tanner Hudson, Ty Hudson; NS Josh Holderfield
Cards pick up big win over Blackhawks
PILOT MOUNTAIN East Surry rode a seven-run third inning and another strong performance from pitcher Troy Jessup to a big Northwest 1-A Conference win over West Wilkes Tuesday, 9-4.
After being drubbed 13-3 in their first meeting, the Cardinals continued their hot streak, making Tuesdays victory their eighth in their last 10 games.
An indication of the turnaround from the last meeting between the two was the performance of Wests Josh Zumbrook, who torched the Cards in the first meeting. Tuesday Zumbrook finished 0-4 with three strikeouts.
The win suddenly puts East (9-4) in a tie for second place in the conference with West Wilkes, after sitting at fourth just a few weeks prior.
The difference is its a little later in the season, Hall said of the last time his team faced the Blackhawks. Our hitting has come around and we got a better effort from Troy. In the first game Troy was a little shaky and they knocked him around a little bit. Since that game he has thrown well and he continued it tonight.
Jessup went six-plus innings for East, giving up three earned runs and 10 hits while striking out seven and walking seven.
But it wasnt just Jessups solid start that propelled the Cards to the win.
After jumping out 1-0 in the first but trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third, the Cardinals broke free, picking up seven runs in the inning behind Jayson Murphys second double of the night and a homerun shot by Spence Tuttle, his second in as many games, to take an 8-2 lead.
Hall said the seven run third deflated West but that the Blackhawks are too good of a team to back down. And they didnt, mounting a seventh inning rally by starting off with four consecutive singles to push the score to 9-4 with no outs two on and the Blackhawks meat of the order up to bat.
Despite the open opportunity, Easts Cody Rodgers came into relieve Jessup and slammed the door on West, striking out the side while throwing just one ball in the process.
He just came in and dominated their two-three and four hitters, Hall said. Its the best inning hes thrown all year long. When he throws like he did tonight that gives us two strong pitchers.
Hall praised Jessup and Rodgers for giving his team a tough one-two punch on the mound of late.
Since the first West Wilkes game Troy has been stellar, Hall said. Hes had four straight wins since then, three of those shutouts. We couldnt ask for any more from Troy Jessup. Hes carried us on the mound over the last couple of weeks and Cody stepped into tonight and threw extremely well. Those two together and the hitting coming around, has allowed us to win eight of our last ten.
East now sits at 14-6 overall and 9-4 in conference play. The Cards will host Alleghany Friday and will have a big matchup against conference leader Bishop McGuinness next Thursday.
East Surry 9
West Wilkes 4
West Wilkes 002 000 2 4 10 3
East Surry 107 001 0 9 10 1
WP: Troy Jessup; LP: Logan Hallock
2B: ES Jayson Murphy (2), Casey Martin
HR: ES Spence Tuttle
Sophomore sensation leads Bears
Mount Airys Ben Hinson has arrived.
The sophomore leadoff hitter called-up from the junior varsity three games ago came up with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Granite Bears (10-5, 8-4 Northwest 1A) over Alleghany, 5-4, Tuesday.
Hinsons single brought around Josh Beasley and Tyler Hull. Hinson went 2-for-4 and scored twice.
Hes been hitting really well and we needed an offensive spark at the top of our lineup, Hodges said. Thats a big situation to be in in your third game up.
Christian Easter picked up the win after throwing the seventh inning and striking out two. Kendall Cawley handled the first six innings.
A 120 100 0 4 6 5
M 100 020 2 5 7 2
WP: Christian Easter; LP: Ruppard