First Posted: 3/20/2009
Christian Easter continued the torrid start to his season, and Tyler Hull and Andrew Pelfrey supplied the offense in Mount Airys 4-0 victory over visiting East Wilkes Friday night.
Easter struck out a season-high 14 batters, walked two and allowed four hits. The Cardinals never stood a chance against the righty, who buckled knees and baffled batters with a combination of accuracy and pitch selection.
Right now, I think the team in general feels really confident and comfortable with him pitching, Mount Airy coach Mack Hodges said of Easter. Hes really done a great job this year. Right now, he hasnt given up any earned runs. He keeps them at bay and gives us opportunities to win games, even though we arent hitting the ball well right now.
Tyler Hull drove in Cody Easter and Reece Barbour with a line-drive double that found the left-center field gap in the bottom of the fourth. The following inning saw Andrew Pelfrey drive a ball to the opposite field that East Wilkes left fielder never saw until it landed harmlessly on the grass. Pelfrey wound up with a triple that scored Torrance Hamilton. Speedy pinch runner Caleb France, who took Pelfreys spot at third, scored standing up on a passed ball.
Barbour went 2-for-3 and Pelfrey was 1-for-2.
Mount Airy improved to 3-2 in the Northwest 1-A Conference with the win.
Right now the conference is just so jumbled up, Hodges said. We had a very lackluster game Tuesday in which we lost to North Stokes. To respond the way we did tonight was big. Falling to 2-3 would have put us in a tough situation early in the conference. Being able to stay within striking distance was very important tonight.
The Granite Bears travel to Alleghany Tuesday with the junior varsity beginning at 4 p.m.
Mount Airy 4,
East Wilkes 0
East Wilkes 000 000 0 0 4 0
Mount Airy 000 220 0 4 6 0
WP: Christian Easter (3-0)
LP: Micah Bryan
2B: MA-Tyler Hull; 3B: MA-Andrew Pelfrey
Bears softball loses
Plagued by errors, the Mount Airy softball team dropped a 6-2 decision to visiting East Wilkes Friday.
The Granite Bears held a 2-1 lead until the top of the fifth, when a flood of errors ranging from missed pop flys to booted ground balls led to the Cardinals scoring five times in the final three innings.
We expect our girls to make basic plays, Mount Airy coach Olivia Bolen. Its hard to win with so many errors.
Sarah Connelly singled and scored on another single by Courtney Wagoner, and Megan Seacrest also drove in a run. However, the Granite Bears bats were silenced for the latter half of the game.
Our bats werent loud, our gloves werent solid, Bolen said. It just wasnt our day.
Mount Airy travels to Alleghany Tuesday and then to Surry Central on Wednesday. Both games begin at 4:30 p.m.