PILOT MOUNTAIN — Sophomore left-hander Emily Cummings tossed a no-hitter as East Surry blanked Mount Airy 15-0 in four innings in Northwest 1A Conference softball on Tuesday.
Cummings struck out nine Mount Airy batters on the day as the Lady Cardinals improved to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in league play.
Cummings improved to 4-4 on the season.
“She throws the ball with real good velocity. That’s her thing, When she throws strikes, she’s tough to beat,” coach Randy Marion of East Surry said.
Cummings was 3-for-4 at the plate with five RBIs and Amber Lawson was 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
East travels to Elkin today for a nonconference game, hosts Bishop McGuinness Friday and goes to North Stokes Tuesday. Marion said he expects a tough game from Elkin, which is 8-4 overall and lost 2-1 to an East Wilkes team that is one of the top 1A softball teams in the state.
With Bishop McGuinness struggling, next week’s game at North Stokes will be a big matchup. The Lady Vikings are also undefeated in the conference.
“There are still some small things we need to continue working on,” Marion said. “We did walk a few batters. We want to be a strong defensive team. The last couple of games we’ve taken a step back with the walks, which is something hopefully we’ll be able to address, and get better at.”
Katie Hicks took the loss in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Bears. Mount Airy fell to 3-11 overall and 2-4 in the conference. The Lady Bears host Walkertown on Friday.