WINSTON-SALEM — The Granite Bears picked up their first W of the conference season with a 12-2 win over Atkins on the road Friday.
The varsity started early at 5 p.m. because of expected showers, and the game was wrapped up after five innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
Southpaw John Bowman went the distance on the mound.
Because of the threat of rain, coach Jon Cawley said he told Bowman not to waste pitches trying to paint the corner. The senior threw 50 pitches, and 40 of them were for strikes.
John gave up just five hits and two runs, and one of those was unearned, the coach said. Bowman struck out five batters.
The Bears erupted for five runs in the first and four more in the second. After a scoreless third, the Bears added three more runs in the top of the fourth.
The Camels posted a run in the bottom of the fourth and another in the fifth before the game ended early.
Jon Cagle led the offense with a perfect 4-4 performance. He scored two runs and had two RBIs.
Kenny Overfelt went 2-4, and Logan Holder and Clay Mounce were 2-3. Each of them had two runs and two RBIs.
Wes Bumgardner, Andy Moore and David Sparger had one RBI each, and Corbin Welch hit a double.
In five at-bats, the Bears sent 32 people to the plate and racked up 12 hits.
The Bears evened their record at 1-1 in the Northwest and 3-4 overall.
The team could easily be 6-1 after losing 1-0 to both East Surry and North Surry and 7-6 to Dudley.
The Bears host Bishop McGuinness (6-3) on Tuesday.