First Posted: 6/1/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN The Surry Pride mounted a late comeback and held off visiting Kernersville Monday to pick up a 6-5 win.
After a tough stretch of close losses Surry was able to ride strong performances from a variety of pitchers and timely hitting to an important American Legion division win.
Down 3-1, the Prides Luke Harris (Surry Central) blasted an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning to plate Shane Johnson (Surry Central) and scored one batter later on a RBI single by Matt Harris to tie Kernersville at 3-3.
Surrys Austin McLamb (Surry Central) gave up an RBI single in the top half of the seventh to give Kernersville a 4-3 lead and momentum but Surry stayed tough, starting off another rally when Troy Jessup (East Surry) knocked a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh.
Andrew Jessup (Surry Community) reached on an error by the Kernersville shortstop, then Andrew Pelphry (Mount Airy) scorched a hit through the Kernersville second basemens legs to score Troy Jessup and tie the game at 4-4.
After the Kernersville pitcher pitched a walk and two strikeouts to Surrys next two batters, Taylor Hull (North Surry) picked up a two RBI single up the middle to give Surry the lead at 6-4.
In final two innings, Cody Rodgers (East Surry) struck out three batters (walking just one) and Andrew Jessup (Surry Community) closed the door on Kernersville, with Jessup striking out three while giving up three hits and one run to pick up the save.
The Pride took advantage of opportunities to score, picking up three runs on three Kernersville errors. Surry coach Barry Hall said he was pleased to see his team pull out a win.
We were able to take advantage of their mistakes, Hall said. We had some trouble early on hitting but we made some adjustments and had a little rally. Weve lost some close games here recently but it was good for the kids to get this one and pick up a win.
Hall said even though the Prides hitting came through in the end, it was the pitching of the entire staff which gave his team the chance to win.
It took us a while to come around, Hall said. We had some timely hitting late but the biggest thing was our pitchers threw well and kept us in it.
Christian Easter (Mount Airy) started the game for Surry and finished with six strikeouts while giving up two walks, six hits and three runs through five innings.
McLamb picked up the win for Surry in relief, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two in two innings,
Rodgers and Jessup threw just one inning each, with Rodgers striking out three with just one walk and Jessup giving up one run on three hits while striking out three Kernersville batters.
Surry improves to 2-2 in its division, and will host Burlington Wednesday at 7 p.m. at East Surry High School before embarking on an eight-game road swing.
Kernersville 001 200 10 1 5 11 3
Surry 100 002 30x 6 5 1
WP: Austin McLamb
LP: Andrew Faulkner
2B: S Luke Harris, Troy Jessup