DOBSON —The visiting North Wilkes Vikings notched three runs during their first time at the plate in Monday evening’s softball game against Surry Central, and held the home squad scoreless, but the remainder of the competition was a different story.
After the bad start, the Lady Eagles (3-3) settled down in the field and got their bats going. Savanah Atkins collected two bases to start the second for Surry Central. Hope Hinson reached base by walk, and Taylor Coe was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Haley Newman. Newman grounded out, but her chopper brought in the first Surry Central score. Haily Robertson followed with a line drive that brought in Hinson, but the Lady Vikings got out of the inning with a runner left in scoring position.
In the bottom of the third, Ema Coe led off with a double that went all the way to the wall. Sadie Williams followed with a base hit of her own. Ema Coe crossed home with Claire Via at the dish. The Golden Eagles tacked on one more run as Hinson reached, advanced to third and later came in to score before the Golden Eagles collected their third out. After three complete, Surry Central had a 4-3 lead.
North Wilkes tied the game at 4 in its turn at bat to start the fourth inning, but wouldn’t score again, as Ema Coe tossed three scoreless frames to end the game. Meanwhile, she came up big at the plate, driving in Robertson with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning. Surry Central, now up 5-4, earned another run before the inning concluded. There were runners at second and third when Via hit past the second baseman and to the outfield glass, driving in Ema Coe for a sixth run.
North Wilkes changed pitchers, but that did not stop or hinder the Golden Eagles for posting another two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings. In the bottom of the fifth, with Hinson and Taylor Coe on the bases and no outs, Newman put the ball in play on a 1-2 count and even though her shot was short of the outfield, she collected a double and brought in a run. Taylor Coe later scored to make it 8-4.
In the next inning, Williams’ pop to right field went for a single. Atkins followed with a double, which ultimately brought in Williams. Madeline Needham swapped places with Atkins to pinch run, and would later be the game’s last player to cross home. Down by six, the visiting Vikings could not convert with their last chance at bat, and Surry Central left the field with a 10-4 victory.
Ema Coe pitched five scoreless innings in the triumph.
“Our bats are finally coming to life, and we have progressed each game. At first they were a little slow getting them out,” said Surry Central coach Whitney Joyner. “We are taking our time on defense making sure our throws are there when getting each out, rather than rushing. I am proud of my pitching staff, not just today, but every game they are working hard. We are getting a little more aggressive on bases which is helping us and we are getting those runners on into scoring positions rather than staying at first.”
The Surry Central softball team will travel to Clemmons to take on the 4A West Forsyth Titans on Wednesday, and will open up Western Piedmont Athletic Conference play on Friday at West Stokes.