PILOT MOUNTAIN — Scott Meredith gave up back-to-back singles to open Tuesday’s game against Mount Airy.
East Surry’s senior right-hander allowed just one hit after that, and the Cardinals earned a 6-0 shutout victory over the Bears in Northwest 1A Conference baseball on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals (14-0 overall, 6-0 league) got a complete game effort from Meredith, who walked just one and struck out 15 to improve his record to 3-0.
Meredith was also 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored off a double and a triple. Logan Sheets was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Alec Wilson also had an RBI.
In the top of the first inning, Corbin Welch and Kenny Overfelt strung together base hits and moved into scoring position. But Meredith buckled down and retired the next three batters on two strikeouts and a groundout.
In the bottom of the first, Sheets had a bunt single off Mount Airy starter Logan Holder and he advanced on a sac bunt from Weston Payne. Tyler Marion reached on an outfield error and Wilson got the Cards on the scoreboard with an RBI base hit.
East threatened to add more runs, but Mount Airy turned a nice double play to end the inning.
After Meredith retired the Bears in order in the second, the Cards tacked on two more runs. Meredith had a one-out double, Preston Smith drew a walk and Sheets scored pinch runner John Snow with a base hit. Payne made it 3-0 with an RBI sac fly.
The Cards scored two runs in the fourth and had another in the sixth. Holder, a junior left-hander, took the loss for the Bears, who dropped their second in a row after winning four straight. Mount Airy fell to Walkertown 13-2 on Saturday. The Bears get a rematch with the Wolfpack on Friday night at home.
East rescheduled a home nonconference game this week with South Stokes for April 21. The Cardinals, ranked No. 1 in the Class 1A baseball polls, hosts Bishop McGuinness on Friday night. East beat the Villains in the first meeting between the two teams.