Tuesday night’s baseball game at North Surry consisted of a lot of runs, a lot of flakes and 31 degrees, as the Greyhounds picked up their third win on the season which came as a the result of an abbreviated five-inning 17-2 win over the visiting Atkins Camels.
The Camels’ Tyler Gavoutte sent his first pitch flying over Nick Badgett’s head in right field and beyond the fence, which put the visitors on the board with two out in the top of the first inning. However, Gavoutte’s solo homer would be the only damage Atkins would do until the fourth inning.
The Hounds were behind, but took care of that quickly in the bottom half of the inning. Leadoff man Kobe Slate reached first by a walk. Mackenzie Cooke’s first pitch from Atkins pitcher Jacob Holder was in the dirt, which allowed Slate to advance. Shortly after, Slate advanced to third. He scored when Kendal Tucker, making his first baseball appearance of the season, hit a chopper just shy of the green to drive in Slate. Then Mason Gwyn, in his debut, collected first with his own chopper to third base. With Tucker on second, and Austin Swartz base-running for Gwyn, Reid Stanley picked a nice pitch to send in between Atkins’ second and third basemen to bring Tucker home and earn a one-run edge. Ethan Oakley drove in Swartz with a sac fly. Chase Chandler, yet another Hound playing his first game of the year, went to the plate with two outs and a man on third, and was deemed safe at first with his fly ball to the outfield. Chandler brought in Stanley and the Hounds were up 4-1.
North Surry tacked on four runs with their first opportunity at the dish, and held the Camels scoreless during the next two innings. Tucker owned a defensive gem with his diving catch and throw to first to notch the first out for Atkins in the second inning. Along with the first, Tucker also was responsible for the third with his quick grab and gun down to first.
The home bats connected nicely in the second inning, as they added another three runs to strengthen their lead. Cooke’s triple in early in the second inning brought home Badgett and Slate. Gwyn was hit by the first pitch that he was dealt by Atkins’ Holder in the second inning. There were runners on the corners when Stanley went up to the plate. He sent a pop-up to centerfield for an easy out, but Cooke tacked on another run as he crossed home plate on the sac fly.
The third was a quick and scoreless inning for the visiting team, as a 6-3 double-play stripped the Camels of any hopes of scoring.
Chandler opened up the third inning for the Hounds collecting a double to right-center field on his first pitch. Calvin Johnson drew a walk. Slate loaded the bases for Cooke with one out, and he grounded out to score Chandler.
Tucker was next. He saw runners on the corners, hung in on a 1-2 count and then slugged a three-run homer for an 11-1 Hound lead. With an Atkins’ fielding error, Gwyn reached first, and was replaced by Swartz as the courtesy runner. Stanley grabbed first with his line drive to centerfield. Oakley brought home Swartz. Kyle Casstevens walked, and Johnson had the bases loaded with two outs, and brought in Stanley and Oakley to make it 14-1.
Casstevens relieved Goodson on the mound at the top of the fourth. Atkins’ Gavoutte reached first on a leadoff walk and managed to work his way around the bases for a run, but the Hounds still had a 13-run edge.
North Surry’s Brett Crouse reached first on an error to start the next half-inning. Tucker’s first pitch at his time in the fourth inning was just shy of another home run, and with a Crouse on first before Tucker’s triple, resulted in another run. For the second time, Gwyn was hit by a pitch and reached first. With two down, Oakley sent his first pitch over the Atkins’ second baseman and brought in Tucker. Casstevens went up to the plate,, and runners on second an third, made quick contact with his third pitch and brought home Chandler.
With over a 10-run lead, all the Greyhounds had to do was collect three more outs to send everyone home and out of the cold after five innings, and they did just that, as they handed the Camels another scoreless inning.
The Greyhounds will host the 5-1 East Forsyth Eagles on Thursday at 7 p.m.