Greyhounds beat rain, Vikings 4-1

By Jeff Linville

April 14, 2014

North Surry halted a last-gasp rally by North Stokes for a 4-1 win Monday.

The Greyhounds scored first, then had to escape a two-on, none-out jam in the top of the seventh.

The win evens the Hounds’ Western Piedmont Conference mark at 3-3, 6-7 overall. Aside from a couple of rough outings against offensive juggernaut West Stokes, the Hounds have been very competitive this season.

Fearing rain, the varsity teams played before the JV and got in all seven innings.

Nolan Stanley started on the mound and pitched three innings. Camden Atkins pitched two innings in relief, then Tanner Hodgin earned the save by throwing the sixth and seventh.

In the bottom of the first, Brady Watts got the Hounds going with a single off Justin Gravely. Tyler Clement singled to put Watts in scoring position, then Nick Wilson singled him home.

In the third inning, Atkins reached on a single. Stanley singled, then a throwing error allowed Atkins to scamper home.

Hodgin doubled home Stanley for a 3-0 lead.

Jacob Patten hit a solo home run for the final home team score.

In the Vikings’ final at bat, Jonah Slate drew a leadoff walk.

Hodgin got Cole Smith to bounce to third, but the throw to second was wide left, and both runners were safe.

With the tying run at the plate, Hodgin struck out Austin Tucker and Austin Hicks before falling behind in the count to Alex Sams.

Sams hit a hard shot up the middle. The second baseman made a lunging try for the ball on the hop, but the ball ticked off the glove and continued into center.

Slate rounded third and headed for home.

Watts, who has been successful on the mound this season, picked up the roller and fired a strike home where Nick Wilson applied the tag to end the game on a bang-bang play.

Weather permitting, the Hounds will host Forbush today before hosting East Surry on Friday.