Cards win, ranked No. 1 in baseball poll

By Jeremy Moorhouse

March 25, 2014

Coach Barry Hall of East Surry was on cloud nine Tuesday afternoon.

The Cardinals (9-0), currently ranked No. 1 in the Impact Baseball Class 1A poll, defeated Bishop McGuinness 11-5 on Monday night in Kernersville.

On Tuesday around 2:30 p.m., his daughter Denise gave birth to twin girls. Hall has three granddaughters, five-year-old Madisyn, and the twins, Macie and Millie.

“It’s a happy time for the Hall family,” he said. “God has blessed us.”

His team is playing some solid baseball right now. The Cardinals have relied on strong pitching and timely hitting to win their first two conference games, both on the road. East edged a tough Mount Airy team 1-0 in nine innings last week and got off to an early lead in the victory over the Villains.

Senior Cody Ashburn got the start and went four innings for East, which led 8-0 going into the bottom of the second. Bishop (5-3 overall, 3-2 league) answered with two runs in the second and three in the third to trim the deficit to 8-5.

East tacked on three more runs in the fifth.

Fellow senior Scott Meredith pitched the last three innings for the Cardinals.

Tyler Marion was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Logan Sheets had two hits, including a triple to start the game. Madison Chilton hit a double as East built the early lead.

“Bishop is a crafty ballclub and a class act. Their kids play hard,” Hall said. “They are going to slip up on a team that takes them lightly.”

The Impact Baseball polls ranks all 1A teams in the state of North Carolina. In the preseason poll, East was ranked eighth. Also in the top 10 now is Walkertown, which is also unbeaten this season. A matchup between the Cardinals and the 7-0 Wolfpack looms April 4 in Walkertown.

“To be ranked the No. 1 team is a big honor for the kids. They’ve earned it,” Hall said. “We’ve played a good nonconference schedule. Mount Airy was a real big game for us. We beat Bishop at Bishop. If we can take care of next Friday at Walkertown, that should be a big plus.”

Up next for the Cards is a home nonconference game against North Surry today. The Greyhounds (3-3) haven’t played since a 1-0 win over the Bears on Thursday night. Mount Airy gets another crack at North on Thursday when it hosts the Greyhounds. Surry Central (3-4) is scheduled to travel to Elkin today for a nonconference matchup.

West Stokes is currently ranked third in the Class 2A poll.