CLEMMONS — The Lady Hounds softball team put defending NCHSAA 4-A state champion West Forsyth in an early 4-0 hole on Wednesday night, but a 10-run second inning for the home team eliminated any chances for the Greyhounds to secure the upset.
North Surry’s Cidney Fulk was the leadoff batter for the Hounds and reached base with her first pitch as she sent a chopper just in front of the Titans’ Sydney Joyner. Evan Shellnut was hit by pitch on a 2-1 count and moved Fulk to second. Drew Beamer then found her perfect pitch and sent a long ball to left field. Beamer’s double allowed teammates Fulk and Shellnut to cross home plate and produce a 2-0 Greyhound lead before any outs were accounted for. Makara Woodbury logged the first Greyhound out as she was thrown out at first by West Forsyth’s Courtney Lamb. Cora Stanley and Karlie Marion closed out the first inning for the Greyhounds each with infield pops and easy outs for the Titans. Even though the Greyhounds left a runner stranded at third, they still had the 2-0 lead to battle with and plenty of game left to play.
After a scoreless bottom half of the inning for the hosts, North went back to work. West Forsyth’s Courtney Lamb missed a quick shortstop grab and with her mishap, Whitney Hall reached first base. Lane Grant shifted Hall over to second base while she herself reached first with her outfield pop right over West Forsyth’s Briana Lucero. There were two Greyhounds on base and no outs when Shaylee Tilley bunted them both into scoring position. Fulk stepped up to the plate with one out on her squad’s back, and popped her second pitch right over the center fielder’s head. Fulk’s hit produced a 4-0 Greyhound lead with Hall and Grant claiming home.
The second inning for the home squad placed nothing short of a beating on the Hounds with a 10-run inning, of which nine runs were claimed before the first out was collected.
Out of the jam, the Hounds were silenced with a quick three up, three down with the Titans’ Alex Rodriguez on the hill.
No Greyhound was able to tag first base in the fourth inning either, as they were beaten out every time to the base.
In the bottom of the fourth, and with the home squad back up to bat, the Hounds came out strong and weathered the storm Wednesday night. North Surry silenced the Titan bats with a quick three up, three down inning from Beamer.
Fulk again reached first with her pop to right field to start things off in the fifth inning, but the first out was soon called as West Forsyth’s Anna Epling caught Grant’s foul ball behind the dish. Woodbury drilled the next pitch to left field and reached first. Fulk and Woodbury remained on first and second respectively and hoped a Greyhound would bring them home, but the next two Hounds were retired and the two were left stranded on base to close out the top of the inning.
An infield chopper from Hall and a line drive from Grant were all that North Surry could do in the sixth trailing 11-4, as no Greyhound would collect anything other than first base.
West Forsyth rallied out one last run to close out the sixth courtesy of an RBI from Joyner. North Surry did score in the seventh and closed out the game with an eight-run loss.
North Surry will travel to Mount Airy to take on the Granite Bears on Friday to continue non-conference action.