PILOT MOUNTAIN — The East Surry softball team celebrated its senior night on Wednesday with a romp over its chief rivals from Mount Airy.
The Lady Cardinals started strong and rolled to a 10-0 victory in five innings over the Lady Bears. East Surry is clicking at the right time, as Wednesday’s victory marked the 11th win in the past 12 games with the conference tournament and NCHSAA playoffs on the horizon.
“We’re really excited where we’re at. We’ve been hitting the ball really well and Emily’s been pitching the ball a little bit better as the season winds down,” East Surry coach Randy Marion said. “I think the girls are continuing to gain confidence and hopefully we can make some noise in the conference tournament next week.”
It was the final regular-season home game for seven seniors: Serena Pickens, Brooke Whittington, Emily Cummings, Hayley Whittaker, Amber Brown, Brooke Bowman and Hannah Joyce.
Whittington started the party in the bottom of the first inning. After Bethany Clayton reached on an infield single, Whittington launched a two-run homer over the center field wall for an early 2-0 lead.
Whittington’s bomb was one of just three hits East Surry recorded on Wednesday. Walks and errors plagued the Lady Bears throughout the night, but East Surry still was able to capitalize in big situations.
One of those huge spots came in the bottom of the third. With two runners on and two outs, Emily Cummings hit a three-run homer to give East Surry a 9-0 lead. Cummings also had another run-scoring single in the bottom of the second, and she finished the night with four RBI.
Cummings also pitched a complete game in her final home start. She struck out 13 Lady Bear batters and yielded just two hits. The senior lefty, and the entire East Surry pitching staff, have given up just nine runs in the past six games.
The Lady Cardinals finish the regular season 18-5, 8-2 and in second place in the Northwest Conference. East Surry’s only two league losses came at the hands of North Stokes, and the Cardinals will look for revenge next week in the conference tournament hosted by East Surry.
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