Lady Eagles fall to Wildcats on Senior Night

By Jeremy Moorhouse

May 2, 2014

DOBSON — Surry Central gave up five unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning as West Stokes crashed the Golden Eagles’ Senior Night with a 10-5 win in Western Piedmont 2A Conference softball on Friday.

Prior to the game, the Eagles recognized Cassidy Joyner, Sam Cox, Holly Mason, Kendra Johnson and Ashley Craddock. The seniors were escorted to the field on motorcycles.

Coach Glenn Craddock said he’s been with the seniors a long time.

“I’ve been able to see them grow, not just as players but as young ladies,” Craddock said. “It reminds you they won’t be here forever. Each one of these seniors is not only a good ballplayer, but a better person.”

Joyner pitched all seven innings for the Eagles in a tough loss. Abigail Worley also went the distance to get the win for the Wildcats.

Central rallied from an early 3-0 deficit with a four-run third inning. Johnson and Joyner hit back-to-back singles to center field to start the inning. Emma White drew a walk and later Ashley Craddock put down a squeeze bunt to score Johnson from third. An errant throw from catcher Julie Fulk that got past third baseman Morgan Manley allowed three more Eagles to score for a 4-3 lead.

The Eagles tacked on another run in the fourth for a 5-3 lead. But in the seventh, the wheels came off.

Leah Smith, Cassie Palmer, Manley, Worley and Taylor McKinney scored runs for the Wildcats in the seventh. Central went down in order in the bottom of the inning. Worley walked five and struck out eight for West.

“We made some bad decisions and some errors and it bit us,” Craddock said. “We knew West Stokes was a good ball team. We just made some mistakes.”

The Eagles finished with seven hits as a team. Joyner was 3 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored.

Central (8-14 overall 3-7 conference) finished tied with West Stokes (7-13, 3-7) for fourth in the WPC standings. The two teams will play again on Monday either in Dobson or King.

The Eagles will try to snap a five-game losing streak. Central’s previous four losses have come to tough opponents (South Stokes, West Forsyth, North Surry, and Forbush.