PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry had contributions from everyone in the dugout in a 10-1 win over North Stokes Monday.
The Cardinals remain perfect on the season, looking ahead to a big matchup Friday with Walkertown.
Still, the Cards weren’t overlooking a Viking squad that Coach Barry Hall said looks much improved over last year.
The Vikings came up a little short in a couple of early scoring opportunities, then East broke it open with four runs in the bottom of the third.
The first batter of the game reached on an infield error, but East’s Scott Meredith struck out the next two and then got a grounder to end the inning.
Meredith went five innings, giving up one run while striking out eight.
The one run came from a batter reaching on a walk, which emphasizes Hall’s long-held belief that walks come back to haunt pitchers.
That runner reached second on a single, third on a sacrifice bunt and home on a long fly ball to right by starter Austin Tucker.
The Vikings might have gotten more, but backup catcher Blake Marion gunned down a runner at second to end the inning.
Still, at that point the Cards led 6-1.
In the second inning, Madison Chilton doubled over the left fielder’s head, then scored on a single to left by Cody Ashburn.
In the third, the Vikings got a runner to second with one out, but stranded him on third.
In the bottom half, Logan Sheets walked and stole second. Weston Payne blooped a single to right. He took second on a throw to third that was too late to catch Sheets.
Meredith singled in Sheets, then took second on the throw home that held Payne at third base.
Alec Wilson singled in both runners for a 4-0 lead. Then Ashburn got his second RBI with a sacrifice fly to right.
Sheets manufactured a run in the fourth with a walk, two steals and an error on the throw to third that let him scamper home.
The Cards loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with a single by Brim and two walks. Sheets forced in a run with another walk. Then two runs scored off a hit by Dustin Rodgers, who came on to pitch for Meredith in the top of the sixth.
The final run crossed via a passed ball for the 10-1 score.
Rodgers pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
Tyler Marion was out sick, but everyone else played and contributed, said Hall.
“Scott threw another great game,” said the coach. “He has been money in the bank this season.”
With Tyler Marion and Meredith both throwing well, the Cards have a very good 1-2 punch, he noted.
The offense has been coming around after a slow start at the plate by a few players, he said.
The Cards will put Brim on the mound today against Atkins, and Marion against Walkertown on Friday, if he is feeling better.
The game at Walkertown will start at 5 p.m. because the field doesn’t have lights.
If East Surry can win that one, then the team puts some distance between itself and the other top squads in the league standings, said Hall.