First Posted: 3/24/2009
MILLERS CREEK East Surry met a hard-hitting opponent for the second time in as many days Monday, losing to Northwest 1-A foe West Wilkes, 13-3 in five innings.
The Cardinals dropped a non-conference game to Forbush Monday, 9-2, and looked to bounce back in a big conference matchup.
However, West Wilkes Josh Zumbrook had different ideas, putting up a big day at the plate, finishing three-for-four with four runs, five RBI, a double and a homerun, which East Surry coach Barry Hall said was hit to Yadkin County.
The Cardinals struck first when Logan Needham hit a four-bagger of his own, a solo shot to center field to give his team an early 1-0 lead.
But to the Cardinals dismay the Blackhawks put together a demoralizing rally.
Wests Brad Wingler walked to start things off, followed by singles from Logan Hallock, Zumbrook and pitcher Scott Gamble.
Alex Minton was then walked to load the bases and followed up by yet another single to drive in Zumbrook, with Ethan Church grounding out to short to plate Gamble for fourth and final run of the inning.
The Cardinals looked to get back those runs in the top of the second and had chances to do just that but fell just short.
East started the inning with three of the first four walked to load the bases with one out.
Cardinal sophomore centerfielder Andrew Hunter then hit a double to score Casey Martin and Walt Tuttle, cutting the Wilkes advantage to 4-3, but it was all the Cards could muster as with two runners in scoring postion and one out, East then picked up a strike out and a fly out to end the inning.
The missed opportunties came back to haunt the Cardinals, as West Wilkes put together another four-run inning in the bottom of the third, pushing the score to 10-3 and hitting East with a tough blow.
We landed a punch and they landed a counter punch and a punch, Hall said. The second inning was probably a key turning point in the game. You try not to panic too much when you get down in the first because youve got six more at bats left. We responeded in the second and looked to get back in the game, but to go from stranding two runners with one out and having them score two more, that kind of deflated us.
Hall said the Cardinals have work to do to get to form after two tough losses.
Right now we are not a good ball club and are definitely not playing East Surry baseball, he said. Weve got two days to practice and will try to make improvments before playing Allegheny on Friday.
The loss drops East Surry to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Northwest 1-A Conference.
West Wilkes 13,
East Surry 3
East Surry 120 00 3 3 2
West Wilkes 424 03 13 12 1
2B: ES Andrew Hunter; WW Josh Zumbrook, Scott Gamble
HR: ES Logan Needham; WW Zumbrook