PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Lady Cardinals earned a 5-4 win over West Stokes in softball.
East Surry left 16 runners on base, but still managed enough offense to come back from a 3-1 deficit.
The Cards held a 1-0 lead until the Lady Wildcats posted three runs in the fourth inning.
The Wildcats had a couple of hits, but an error also hurt and allowed two unearned runs.
East didn’t wait to respond, getting one run back in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-2.
They added one run in the fifth and two in the sixth, going up 5-3.
West Stokes tried to rally in the seventh, but only scored one run before pitcher Laken Bowman closed out her complete game.
Bowman allowed just six hits and two earned runs in seven innings. She struck three and walked one.
The Cards were fortunate that West pitcher Abigail Worley was having control issues, said head coach Randy Marion.
Worley, a junior, gave up just 32 walks in 69 2/3 innings last year, but issued 12 walks in six innings Monday.
“We didn’t help her out any,” he noted. “We didn’t swing at bad pitches.”
The Cards loaded the bases in five of the six innings they batted.
Catcher Amber Lawson led the way with two hits and an RBI. Olivia Sheets had one hit and three walks with two RBIs.
Sarah Moore was 1-3 with an RBI, Brooke Whittington 1-3, and Lauren Sechrist 1-2.
The Cards (2-1) host Wilkes Central today in a makeup date. The JV game starts at 4:30 with the varsity to follow.