PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry held a tenuous 1-0 lead against North Surry before breaking the game open in the bottom of the sixth.
The Greyhounds were looking to hold the Cardinals in the bottom of the inning and then push a run across in the seventh to tie things up.
Instead, the Cards batted around and scored five runs for a 6-0 win.
East starting pitcher Tyler Marion went the distance, earning a shutout by himself after sharing one with Scott Meredith against Mount Airy.
Against the Bears, Marion went eight innings before Meredith came on in the ninth. Against the Hounds, Marion threw 88 pitches for the two-hit shutout.
Tyler struck out 10 and only walked one, noted Coach Barry Hall. “If he keeps throwing the ball like that, he’s hard to beat.”
The Cards improved to 10-0, the best start in school history, according to Hall.
East Surry has made some great runs in the middle of the season, winning 12 or 13 games in a row, he said. Last year, the team won 18 of 20 going into the playoffs. However, this is the best run to start a season.
The pitching has been stellar, and the defense has been good.
“Offensively we’re not quite there yet, but it’s still early in the year,” he said.
North Surry’s Nick Wilson had a little something to do with keeping the East bats in check Wednesday.
The righthander allowed only one run through five innings before giving way to a reliever.
In the third inning, East’s Preston Smith drew a walk and stole second. Smith advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when Wilson bounced a pitch to the backstop.
In the next at-bat, the Hounds had their best chance to score.
Tyler Clement singled to left. A grounder could have resulted in a double play, but the throw to second popped out of the fielder’s glove to give two runners aboard with no outs.
A grounder went to Meredith at short, who fired to second for a forceout, but the relay to first was not in time. That put runners on the corners with one out.
The next batter struck out looking before a grounder back to Marion ended the threat.
In the fifth, the Cards had a single, error and walk to load the bases with one out, but the Hounds pulled off a double play to escape unscathed.
In the sixth, however, East’s Alec Wilson led off with a sharp single into the hole on the left side. Catcher Madison Chilton then drew a walk.
Carson Long dropped a sacrifice bunt, which Wilson, now playing catcher, fielded cleanly and threw a strike down to first.
However, the first baseman lost sight of the ball and missed the throw. The error allowed Wilson to score and Chilton’s courtesy runner to reach third.
Seth Brim hit an RBI single to left, then Meredith bounced a single into right field for another RBI that made it 4-0.
Lucas Koons singled to left to score a run before Marion hit a deep fly to center to bring in the final run.
Marion pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to end the game.
The Cards continued the home stand with games Friday against North Stokes and Tuesday with Atkins. Looming on the horizon is a trip to Walkertown next Friday. The Wolfpack also are undefeated right now.
“We’re happy with the way our pitchers are throwing strikes,” said Hall, so that should be a very good game.
North Surry travels to Mount Airy today for the second meeting with the Bears. The Hounds won 1-0 last week.