Craver, Washer lead Wildcats over Hounds

Jeff Linville

March 15, 2014

West Stokes’ Jacob Craver pitched five-inning no-hitter to lead the Wildcats over North Surry 10-0 Friday night.

West’s Jacob Washer had an RBI triple and a two-run homer to lead the offense, which erupted in the third and fourth innings.

North’s Nick Wilson didn’t allow an earned run in the first two innings, but West pushed one unearned run across before the bats heated up in the third.

Wilson got Washer out on a comebacker, then drew a grounder from Junior Snow that was bobbled.

Snow stole second, took third on a wild pitch. Wilson struck out Gavin Goodson, but the ball went under the glove of the catcher and went to the backstop to allow Snow to race home.

In the third, the leadoff man walked before Washer crushed a ball to the fence in center for a triple.

Snow followed with a line drive between short and third for a single to score Washer for a 3-0 lead.

One out later, Snow stole second again before Craver walked.

A wild pitch moved both runners to scoring position, and they came around on a single by Kelan Marshall to make it 5-0.

In the fourth inning, the leadoff man again walked to bring up Washer. The junior crushed another ball to center, but this time it carried over the fence to make it 7-0.

As a sophomore, Washer led the Wildcats in hits, doubles, runs scored, homers and slugging percentage while batting .418.

Brady Watts came on in relief of Wilson and went through the fifth inning when the game ended early with the 10-0 score.

The Greyhounds did well holding a powerful West Stokes offense to just an unearned run at the start, noted head coach Travis Gammons.

“Then in the third and fourth innings, they were hitting everything we threw up there,” he said.

Craver didn’t allow a hit in the shortened game, but ninth hitter Caleb Thomas gave him a scare.

Thomas smashed a long fly ball toward the line in right, but the outfielder was able to make the catch on the move.

The Greyhounds will host North Stokes on Monday.