PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry made short work of Atkins, clearing the last hurdle before a key game with Walkertown.
The Cardinals remain undefeated after taking care of business and not being guilty of looking past Atkins. The Cards won 16-0 in five innings.
Senior Seth Brim put on a show, pitching four scoreless innings and tearing it up at the plate.
Brim went 4-4 with a single and three doubles. He scored a run and drove in three others.
On the mound, Brim allowed just one hit and didn’t walk anyone in four innings, with nine of the 12 outs coming via strikeout.
Cody Ashburn pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth with two strikeouts to preserve the win.
Ashburn also was perfect at the plate, going 3-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
The two hurlers accounted for seven of the Cards’ 17 hits.
East Surry scored four runs in the first and one in the second before erupting for nine in the third inning. Two more runs in the bottom of the fourth finished the onslaught.
Blake Marion went 2-2 with a single and triple. He scored a run and drove in two.
Alec Wilson was 2-3 with a double, run and RBI. Madison Chilton had a triple, a run and two RBIs.
Joshua Sawyers went 1-3 with a double, run and two RBIs. Logan Sheets was 1-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Weston Payne hit a double.
“Not much to be upset with,” said assistant coach Chad Freeman.
The batters struggled a little bit with slow-speed pitches against North Stokes, he said. So the team took batting practice before this game and worked on staying back for off-speed pitches. That extra work paid off.
Seth looked sharp on the mound, Freeman noted, and everyone contributed at the plate.
East Surry travels to Walkertown Friday for a 5 p.m. start.