Up 5-1 headed into the top half of the seventh inning, the Cardinals looked to be ready to put the finishing touches on a powerful win. But a pair of run-yielding errors allowed Starmount back into the game until pitcher Hayley Shelton finally shut the door.
Isaacs hit her first homerun in the bottom of the second to put East up 1-0. Starmount returned the favor in its next at-bat, and strung together hits to tie things up at 1-1.
In the bottom of the third, Isaacs slammed a pitch into deep center field for a two-run shot to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead.
East scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a bomb from senior first baseman Morgan Chilton.
While the Cardinals avenged an earlier loss at the hands of the Rams in Boonville, coach Derrick Hill wasn’t exactly thrilled his team allowed a dangerous club like Starmount back into the contest late. What he was thrilled about, however, was how a couple of his players hit the ball.
“We didn’t take advantage of opportunities tonight like we have the past few ball games,” he said. “The homerun balls were obviously huge. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Beth have a bigger game than she did tonight. She saw the ball really well.”
Isaacs finished 3-for-3 with two homeruns, a double, two runs and three RBIs, followed by Chilton, who was 2-for-3 with a homerun, an RBI and two runs scored.
The Cardinals will have a quick turnaround as they will travel to West Stokes today for what is effectively the conference regular season title.
An East Surry win secures the regular season crown, while a loss will tie the Wildcats and Cardinals for first in the conference.
“Hopefully what we did tonight will help us get ready for tomorrow,” Hill said. “I don’t know if we’ve played anyone that hits as well as Starmount does. To me that’s why I think we’ve gotten better — good ball teams limit your opportunities and they had base runners all night and they didn’t break through very much until the seventh and we helped them with two errors.”
East improves to 15-5 overall and sits at 12-0 in Northwest 1A/2A Conference play.
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East Surry 5, Starmount 4
S — 0 0 1 0 0 3 — 4 10 1
ES — 0 1 2 0 2 x — 5 9 4
WP: Hayley Shelton
LP: Courtney Groce
Mount Airy and Surry Central tennis shine
Surry Central shone on day two of the Northwest 1A/2A Conference tennis tournament Thursday, with the Golden Eagles sweeping both the singles and doubles conference titles.
A day earlier, Mount Airy’s Nick John won his first conference singles title in the 1A classification over his teammate Eric Belton.
Also Thursday, the Bear duo of Brooks Mayberry and Matt Kessler won the 1A doubles title over the Bishop McGuinness team of Joe Riazzi and Kevin Weckworth, 6-1, 6-1.
On the 2A side, Johnny Cook defeated Lucas Shelton of West Stokes 6-1, 6-0 for the singles crown, while the team of Nick Gillespie and Luke Haymore defeated Thomas Gravitt and Christian Evaro of West Stokes 6-4, 7-6. In addition, Central’s Jake Dellinger defeated West’s Jacob Shelton 6-4, 6-1 to secure his place as the conference’s third best 2A singles player and a spot in the regional tournament.
For the Eagles, the showing put the cap on a successful 2010 regular season. Central coach Mark Parsons said Thursday his team was still in the running for the final wild card berth in next week’s 2A regional tournament in Salisbury.
One thing he was sure of was his happiness with his team’s performance.
“You work hard all year and when you see the guys start to bud and blossom at the end of the season and you come home with a conference title in both singles and doubles, it makes you really satisfied and proud,” he said.
Parsons said the icing on the cake came from the fact all three of his team’s victories Thursday came at the hands of West Stokes, a squad which had edged the Eagles 5-4 in both of their previous season meetings.
“From losing two heartbreakers to defeating their guys in the finals, it was very satisfying,” he said. “Both of our previous matches came down to the last doubles match of the day, and they won both of them. That left a bad taste in our mouth and this sure helps clean it up.”
On the Mount Airy side, the title victory for Mayberry and Kessler means the defending state 1A doubles team of John and Mayberry will not defend their title.
Mount Airy coach Scott John said the decision of who to pair with Mayberry was a difficult one, but that he is confident Kessler will do nicely.
North Surry’s duo of Brandon Orndorff and Nick Davis fell short in its bid for an appearance in the regional, losing the 2A doubles consolation match to West Stokes’ Austin Andrews and Kevin Moorer. They dominated the first set 6-3, but lost momentum in the second set losing 1-6. They took an early lead in the third set, and held serve until they were broken and fell behind 4-5.
Pairings for the regional tournament will be announced this weekend.
Mount Airy track wins championships
DANBURY — After grabbing a lead in the first day of the Northwest 1A/2A track conference championships, the Mount Airy boys team snagged a victory with an overall score of 108. Its closest competitor was Winston-Salem Prep with a score of 91.
“We’re very proud of them, it’s the first conference championship they’ve won in many, many years,” Mount Airy coach Clarence Cropps said. “It felt good, the guys were really proud and they worked hard to get where they got.”
Notable wins for Surry County are as follows:
n Surry Central’s Jacob Fulk placed first in the men’s 1600 Run with a time of 4:37.51 beating out Mount Airy’s Bryce Pilcher’s time of 4:43.65.
n Mount Airy’s team of Justin Collier, Taylor Williams, Andy Temoney and Luke Wheeler came in first in the men’s 4x100 Meter Relay with a time of 45.04.
n Wheeler placed first with a score of 20-08.50 in the men’s Long Jump.
n Jockton Moore placed first with a jump of 43-02.50 in the men’s Triple Jump.
n Collier came in first with a throw of 43-00.50 in the men’s Shot Put.
n Surry Central’s Samantha Mosley came in first with a 15.52 time in the women’s 100 Meter Hurdles.
n North Surry’s Kristin Kipp placed first with a throw of 93-10 in the women’s Discuss Throw.
The Mount Airy boys track team will participate in the Regionals next Saturday.
1) Mount Airy 108
2) West Stokes 91
3) Winston-Salem Prep 81
3) Bishop McGuinness 81
5) North Stokes 67
6) South Stokes 53
7) Surry Central 52
8) East Surry 23
9) North Surry 2
Girls Team Score
1) Bishop McGuinness 124
2) North Stokes 104
3) Winston-Salem Prep 83
4) South Stokes 56
5) West Stokes 54
6) Surry Central 47
7) North Surry 40
8) East Surry 33