First Posted: 4/16/2009
DOBSON Surry Central continued its softball slide Thursday, losing a hard fought game to visiting Forbush, 2-0.
Central pitcher Chelsea Craddock put together a strong performance on the mound for Coach Phil Bowers squad, but found no help on the scoreboard, as the Golden Eagles continued a 26-inning scoreless streak.
Bowers said he thinks his teams woes at the plate are much more mental than anything else.
Weve not scored now for 26 innings, so we are having a little hitting problem, Bowers said. Its not we dont work on hitting, but I think right now its in the girls minds. Weve just got to snap out of that. When your pitcher just gives up two runs youve got to score some runs for her.
Forbush pitcher Jessica Dzeskewicz proved tough for Central, finishing with a four-hit shutout in the win.
Forbush took the lead with one out and runners on second and third in the top of the second inning after Craddock opted to go directly to first base on a dribbler hit back to the pitchers mound instead of looking the runner back, allowing the Forbush base runner a pass to home plate.
Forbush picked up another run off a Leslie Long homerun in the top of the seventh inning to take home the 2-0 win.
Central was able to place runners in scoring position twice during the game but could not push across any runs.
The loss is the fifth straight for the Golden Eagles after a strong 4-2 start. Central will host North Wilkes today then will travel to North Stokes and North Surry next week before hosting South Stokes Thursday.
Forbush 010 000 1 2
Surry Central 000 000 0 0
WP: Jessica Dzeskewicz
LP: Chelsea Craddock
Cards demolish Rams
BOONVILLE East Surry drubbed previously undefeated Starmount 14-1 Thursday in five innings behind a nine-run third inning which saw the Cardinals bring 14 batters to the plate.
Heading into the game with a school best 12-0 start, Starmount could not have seen the freight train that was East Surry coming, as the Cardinals put together their second strong performance at the plate after crushing North Stokes, 13-0 Wednesday.
A historically tough rivalry, East Surry coach Derrick Hill said no team travels to Starmount expecting to win in the manner his team did Thursday.
I dont think you ever expect to beat Starmount like that, Hill said. Weve always tried to play them since they left the conference because we both feel like its a good game.
After a rough weekend which saw the Cardinals no hit by Southern Alamance, Hill said Thursday he could not have been prouder of the way the Cardinals performed.
The fact they were undefeated made it a little bigger for us I think, he said. We hadnt hit the ball the way we hit it today in two years. Everybody who hit it today hit a B.B. somewhere. When we hit it like that we are pretty good. There is no two ways about it.
The Cardinals jumped on top of the Rams 4-1 heading into the third inning, when they literally blew their hosts out of the water.
East finished the inning four hitters away from batting through the lineup twice, picking up six singles along the way.
Weve been telling our girls, if you go to the plate looking to get a base hit, thats when the home runs happen, thats when the doubles happen, Hill said. Dont go looking for a homerun, look to hit it hard somewhere. That inning is proof to me that to a certain degree they are listening to us.
It wasnt all brawn at the plate for the Cardinals, as East pitcher Anna Mitchell put together a strong start, striking out nine of 15 batters faced while walking just one.
Shes had some tough luck this year, Hill said of Mitchell. As a senior shes been waiting in line to get her chance to pitch and tonight I could see it in her eyes she was ready to go. I was very, very happy with the way she pitched. Not only that, I was proud, because she took it on herself to pay attention to what we are talking about.
Courtney Simmons led the way for East, finishing 3-for-4, with two triples and two RBIs, followed by Morgan Chilton (3-for-4, one homerun and four RBIs) and Paige Honeycutt (2-for-4, one homerun and two RBIs).
East improves to 11-2 overall while sitting at 8-0 in conference play and will travel to Elkin today.
East Surry 14,
East Surry 229 01 14 14 1
Starmount 010 00 1 4 3
WP: Anna Mitchell