Eagles outslug Rams in extra innings

By Jeremy Moorhouse

April 8, 2014

DOBSON — Cole Fowler drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning and Surry Central beat Starmount 7-6 in nonconference baseball on Saturday afternoon.

Players and coaches for Central wore pink game jerseys in the sixth Pink in the Park event. Between the varsity and junior varsity game, the Eagles recognized a number of cancer survivors. Rachel Harris, a 12-year cancer survivor, threw the ceremonial first pitch of the JV game to her grandson, Eagles’ senior Samuel Harris.

On the field, the Eagles and Rams treated fans to extra innings of baseball action.

In the bottom of the eighth in a 6-6 game, Forest Kimbrell got things going when he drew a one-out walk from Starmount lefty Luke Shore. Kimbrell stole second base and Stephen Bruner hit an infield single. Fowler, the team’s senior catcher, came up with the RBI base hit to score Kimbrell.

Kaden Leonard got the win in three innings of relief for the Eagles. Leonard retired the Rams in order in the top of the eighth on a popout, flyout and groundout.

Central (7-4) has won six of its last seven games and avenged a 6-3 loss to Starmount earlier this season.

Defensive miscues doomed Starmount in the first inning as Central capitalized on three errors by the Rams and scored two runs (Kimbrell and Jess Wilmoth).

In the top of the fourth, Starmount’s Blake Cheek drove in Cody Whitaker with a one-out double off Central starter Travis Green, who walked four batters but struck out seven and worked his way out of a jam in the first inning. Samuel Harris entered for Central and he got a groundout and flyout to end the inning.

With Central up 2-1, Starmount starter Caleb West issued a walk to Brett Mosley, who advanced to second on an error. Leonard singled and Mosley would score on a wild pitch.

Harris came up next and smashed a two-run homer off West to center field to put the Eagles ahead 5-1.

Starmount answered with five runs of its own in the top of the fifth. Shore and Ben Combs drew walks and Garrett Stokes singled to load the bases with one out. Cody Whitaker drove in a run and West had an RBI sac fly to pull the Rams to within two runs.

Then Cheek belted a home run of his own to score three runs and give Starmount its first lead of the afternoon 6-5.

Leonard came in for Harris in the top of the sixth and allowed no runs, no hits and didn’t walk a batter.

Central got the tying run in the bottom of the seventh. Bruner was hit by a pitch and Fowler singled. Wilmoth put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners, and Michael Roberts drove in pinch runner Hogan Coe from third base.

Shore took the loss for the Rams (5-9), who travel to East Wilkes on Tuesday. The Eagles visit cross-county rival North Surry (3-6) on Tuesday for a Western Piedmont Conference matchup.