Hounds blank Sauras for 2nd place


By Jeff Linville - [email protected]



North Surry’s Kendal Tucker singles to left in the first inning to move a runner into scoring position. Brady Watts would then single in the first run of the game as North would lead throughout for a 3-0 win.


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North’s Brady Watts coils for a throw home in the second inning against South Stokes. Watts pitched a shutout, including striking out the side in the seventh inning.


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Luke Mauldin is joined by his parents on Senior Night. The Greyhounds honored five seniors and their team manager before first pitch.


Jeff Linville | The News

North Surry wrapped up second place in the Western Piedmont by shutting out South Stokes 3-0 at home.

After honoring its five seniors, the Greyhounds scored a run in both the first and second innings.

One of those seniors, Brady Watts, went the distance, including striking out the side in the seventh inning.

The Hounds started the day in a three-way tie for second place behind Forbush. Surry Central fell to Forbush to drop into third place, then the Hounds dropped the Sauras into a tie for third with Central and West Stokes. That left North Surry in sole possession of second place at 6-4.

The game began the same way it ended, with Watts making batters whiff. He struck out the first two batters, then drew a groundout for an easy 1-2-3 inning.

In the bottom half, North Surry drew first blood.

With one out, Reid Stanley bounced a ball to second. With the runner hustling, the second baseman rushed the throw and pulled the first baseman off the bag.

On a hit-and-run play, Kendal Tucker hit a bouncer through the left side to put runners on the corners.

Watts then hit a long fly ball to left that started slicing toward the left foul pole. The outfielder was unable to bring the ball in, but the runners had to hold to see if it would be caught. Stanley jogged home, but Tucker only advanced to second.

With two men on and only one out, the Greyhounds could have had a big inning, but South Stokes pitcher Andrew Tilley struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

In the bottom of the second, North would add a second run.

With two outs, Kobe Slate drew a walk and stole second. Chase Chandler then singled to left to bring Slate home.

In back-to-back innings, the Sauras threatened, but the Hound defense came through.

With two outs, leadoff hitter Mason Dutton hit a double to left, then went to third on a wild pitch. Tilley drew a walk to put runners on the corners. The next batter hit a grounder to the left side. Tucker made the stop and threw to second for the force out that ended the threat.

In the next inning, the Sauras got runners on first and second with one out. The next batter hit a line drive to the right side. Chandler snagged the ball in the air and outran the baserunner back to first for a double play.

In the sixth inning, Watts led off with a double to deep center. However, the next two batters struck out looking at off-speed pitches.

Luke Mauldin was behind in the count 1-2, worked back to 3-2, then lined a ball to right.

The outfielder charged in and tried to make the catch on the run, but missed, giving Mauldin an RBI double for a 3-0 lead going into the top of the seventh.

An infield single put a Saura aboard, but Watts finished the game strong to preserve the shutout.

North Surry’s Kendal Tucker singles to left in the first inning to move a runner into scoring position. Brady Watts would then single in the first run of the game as North would lead throughout for a 3-0 win.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_0JAL2931_filtered.jpgNorth Surry’s Kendal Tucker singles to left in the first inning to move a runner into scoring position. Brady Watts would then single in the first run of the game as North would lead throughout for a 3-0 win. Jeff Linville | The News

North’s Brady Watts coils for a throw home in the second inning against South Stokes. Watts pitched a shutout, including striking out the side in the seventh inning.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_0JAL2913_filtered.jpgNorth’s Brady Watts coils for a throw home in the second inning against South Stokes. Watts pitched a shutout, including striking out the side in the seventh inning. Jeff Linville | The News

Luke Mauldin is joined by his parents on Senior Night. The Greyhounds honored five seniors and their team manager before first pitch.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_0JAL2877_filtered.jpgLuke Mauldin is joined by his parents on Senior Night. The Greyhounds honored five seniors and their team manager before first pitch. Jeff Linville | The News

By Jeff Linville

[email protected]

Reach Jeff at 415-4692 and on Twitter @SportsDudeJeff.

Reach Jeff at 415-4692 and on Twitter @SportsDudeJeff.

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