First Posted: 4/2/2009
DOBSON Surry Central shut out East Surry, 8-0, Thursday in a rain-soaked non-conference rivalry game originally scheduled for last week.
Golden Eagles pitcher Luke Harris gave up five hits, walked four and struck out two in the rain-shortened six-inning win, with Centrals Heath Reece leading the way at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
Central opened the scoring in the bottom of the third, with Reece starting things off with his first double of the night. Centrals Ty Hudson then singled to center, followed by Shane Johnson walking to load the bases with no outs.
Casey Felts then stepped up, picking up an RBI single to drive in Reece for the first run of the game.
The Cardinals then managed to get two away on Central, but Austin McLamb battled East pitcher Lathan Hunter in a marathon at-bat to pick up another RBI walk before East finally escaped with the bases loaded yet again.
The Golden Eagles put two more on the board in the bottom of the fourth, with Alex Wilmoth starting the scoring rally with a single followed by Reeces second double. Ty Hudson picked up a walk to load the bases with Central moving back to the top of its order with no outs.
East Surry coach Barry Hall then pulled in his infield, picking up two ground ball outs at home plate, however the Cardinals still were looking at a bases loaded situation with big hitters left in Centrals order.
With two outs the Golden Eagles Brett Boyles slapped a dribbler right in front of East catcher Brett Smith, whos errant throw to first base for the final out found its way into right field, scoring Wilmoth and Hudson before the Cardinals could finally get out of the inning, down 4-0.
Central put the game away in the bottom of the sixth, with Luke Harris, Austin McLamb, Tanner Hudson, Alex Wilmoth and Heath Reece stringing together five consecutive hits to push across four runs and give Central the 8-0 lead.
Surry Central coach Matt Scott said he was particularly pleased with Luke Harris pitching performance Thursday, saying Harris improvement will be vital to his teams success as the season moves along.
Luke pitched much better than he has pitched in the recent past, Scott said. Lukes a guy who throws it with some velocity and if we can minimize Lukes misses were OK and today Luke did a fantastic job. He missed a couple times but he throws it hard enough to make up for it as long as he doesnt miss so far off the plate.
While the Golden Eagles stranded 10 runners in the win, Scott said his teams situation hitting is improving, with Central picking up 11 hits in 30 total at-bats.
We are learning to hit in situations, he said. Coach Roy Vernon does a great job as far as his teaching the guys the mechanics of a swing, but also situation hitting, hitting with counts, hitting with runners. Weve tried to convey to the guys how important it its to be selective in 2-0 and 3-0 counts. I do think we did a better job of hitting in that capacity.
Behind Reeces two-double night, Austin McLamb finished 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI while Alex Wimoth finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Austin Tilley finished 2-for-2 to lead East Surry, followed by Troy Jessup and Andrew Hunter who both finished 1-for-2.
Scott gave kudos to Easts Hall for even playing Thursdays make-up game, saying he thinks the long-time Cardinal coach was very gracious for picking up the game with the Cardinals scheduled to play four games in as many days.
With the win, Central improves to 7-4 overall with the Golden Eagles scheduled to play Starmount either next Monday or Tuesday, with the final game-time yet to be decided.
Surry Central 8,
East Surry 0
East Surry 000 000 0 5 1
Surry Central 002 204 8 11 2
WP: Luke Harris; LP: Lathan Hunter
2B: Heath Reece (2), Austin McLamb