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East Surry's Joshua Sawyers slides into third under the tag. Sawyers scored the first run of the game on a single from Seth Brim.
East Surry's Joshua Sawyers slides into third under the tag. Sawyers scored the first run of the game on a single from Seth Brim.
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DOBSON — East Surry held Surry Central scoreless for five innings on the way to a 4-1 win Wednesday night.

The Cardinals scored a run in the second and fourth innings, then took control with two in the top of the fifth.

Seth Brim contributed to East’s first two runs, then came on as closer in the seventh to preserve the victory.

Both teams got a runner to third in the first inning, but couldn’t score. Kaden Leonard made a nice catch in right field of a liner by Alec Wilson to end the top half.

In the second, the Cardinals got on with a walk. Courtesy runner Joshua Sawyers took second on a wild pitch and then stole third. Brim drove him home with a bouncer up the middle.

Central had a walk and a single by Leonard for two aboard, but East’s Tyler Marion struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

Marion had a one-hit shutout through three innings, but with the cold temperature, Coach Barry Hall had Scott Meredith warming up. Meredith would pitch three innings before Brim closed out.

In the fourth inning, Brim beat out an infield single. Dustin Rodgers drew a walk with none out.

Preston Smith sacrificed the two over a base to bring up Logan Sheets.

Sheets hit a bouncer to second that Brett Mosley knocked down, but Sheets beat out the throw, allowing Brim to score.

In the bottom of the fourth, Sawyers nearly made a tremendous catch in right-center.

Jess Wilmoth smashed a drive into the gap, but on the run Sawyers dove and caught the ball. As he rolled over on the ground, however, the ball popped out.

Meredith got the next three batters out to strand Wilmoth.

In the fifth inning, Wilson led off with a double that one-hopped the fence in right.

Blake Marion fouled off two full-count pitches before drawing a walk. A balk by Leonard moved both runners over a base.

Sawyers grounded to third base. On a close play at the bag, Wilmoth stretched out for the ball, but it trickled out of his glove. Sawyers was safe, and Wilson scored.

With two outs, Sawyers went for a steal of second, then Marion went on a delay to steal home. Sawyers was safe at second, and the run scored for a 4-0 lead.

In the sixth inning, Stephen Bruner led off with a double, then Fowler followed with a triple to right to make it 4-1.

Central’s Jake Wilmoth hit a double in the seventh inning, but Brim shut the door to earn a save.

This was the first game of the season for the Cards, while Surry Central falls to 1-2.

“It was a good first win, everyone contributed,” said East assistant coach Chad Freeman. “There were several positives to take from it, but plenty of work to improve, too. Any time you can beat a quality opponent like Surry Central, you’ll take it.”

• Central’s Matt Scott has been selected to coach one of the baseball teams in this summer’s Powerade State Games in Charlotte.

The High School Baseball Showcase will take place June 18-22 at UNC Charlotte, BB&T Ballpark (new Charlotte Knights Stadium) and Hopewell High School.

The showcase pits some of the best underclassmen players from eight North Carolina regions against each other to battle it out in front of more than 80 college and professional scouts for the gold, silver and bronze medals.

Scott will be one of the coaches for Region 7, along with Robert Little (Lake Norman), Terry Johnson (Wilkes Central) and Denny Key (Forbush).

Only high school underclassmen (2015-17 graduates) are eligible to participate.

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