Eagles beat Greyhounds in WPC baseball

By Jeremy Moorhouse

April 26, 2014

DOBSON — Kaden Leonard had a strong outing on the hill and Surry Central scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth in a 3-2 win over North Surry in Western Piedmont Conference baseball on Saturday.

The Eagles improved to 12-8 overall and 5-2 in conference play while avenging a close loss to the Greyhounds earlier this season.

Leonard, a senior left-hander, allowed two earned runs off four hits, walked one and struck out six while going the distance in a winning effort.

Central broke a 2-2 game in the sixth inning. Senior first baseman Jess Wilmoth hit a leadoff single off North reliever Brady Watts, and Kaden Leonard’s sacrifice bunt moved pinch runner Cole Leonard to second.

Freshman third baseman Michael Roberts drove in Cole Leonard with a one-out single to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead.

Kaden Leonard retired the Greyhounds in order in the top of the seventh — on a flyout and two Ks.

Watts took the loss for North (8-11 overall, 3-5 conference). He gave up one earned run off two hits, walked one and struck out three in 2 2/3 innings of relief work. Nick Wilson started for the Greyhounds. Wilson allowed two earned runs, scattered two hits, walked four and struck out two in 3 1/3 innings for the no-decision.

Central got on the scoreboard in bottom of the second inning. Kaden Leonard singled and would advance to second on a passed ball. Jake Wilmoth drew a walk and the runners advanced on a groundout from Roberts. Samuel Harris’ RBI sac fly scored Leonard and Wilmoth came home when a pickoff throw sailed past third base.

North answered with two runs of its own in the top of the fourth. Wilson had a one-out single, Nolan Stanley drew a walk, and Casey Wright moved the runners on a sac bunt. Camden Atkins belted a two-RBI double to score pinch runner Gavin Angel and Stanley and tie things up.

The two schools split their two games this season, with each team winning on its home field. North edged Central 2-1 on April 9.

The Eagles host conference leader West Stokes on Monday night. The Wildcats boast a 7-0 league record. The Greyhounds travel to Elkin Monday for a nonconference matchup. Elsewhere for area teams next week, East Surry visits North Stokes on Monday and Mount Airy hosts the Vikings on Tuesday in a pair of Northwest 1A Conference games.