DOBSON — North Surry broke a 2-2 tie in its last at-bat, then held on for a 4-3 win over Surry Central.
The Lady Eagles had the tying run on third base with two outs in the seventh. However, North pitcher Marlee Bunker got a check-swing strikeout to end the game.
The Lady Hounds got runners on base in every inning, but Central pitchers Jessica Doby and Cassidy Joyner worked their way out of several jams.
The Hounds had the bases loaded with one out in the first after a walk, single and an infield error.
Jordan Badgett grounded out to short to bring in a run for a 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, North loaded the bases with none out, but Central nearly pulled off a triple play.
Catcher Katlyn Hodges singled to left and gave way to a courtesy runner. Maddie Tickle singled through the left side.
Aubrey Hall dropped a sacrifice bunt, but Central tried to get the runner at third, and everyone was safe.
Taylor Hill then crushed a towering fly ball down the right field line.
The runners took off, thinking Hill had at least a double, if not a homer. Instead, Allie Hammond chased the fly down in the corner of the park for an out.
The lead runner was doubled off third, and the Eagles nearly got the runner at second, too.
The Eagles got an out on the next at-bat to end the threat.
The Hounds loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but couldn’t get a run across.
After adding a run in the fourth, North led 2-0, but the Eagles quickly answered.
Cassidy Joyner hammered a shot to right-center that bounced off the protective cover on top of the fence for a home run.
Katlin Anthony singled to center, and Holly Mason walked. Hammond singled up the middle for an RBI to tie the game 2-2.
After a leadoff walk and a groundout, the Hounds had a runner on second in the fifth, but couldn’t score.
In the bottom half, the Eagles got back-to-back singles then Anthony lifted a long fly ball toward the foul pole in left.
Jordan Badgett tried to make the catch while running into the fence, but the ball fell in foul territory. That could have been a two-run double, but instead Bunker got a strikeout on the next pitch.
North stranded two in the sixth inning, but broke through in the seventh.
Hall walked, and Hill hit a bouncer up the middle. Joyner was able to knock the ball down, but couldn’t get Hall out at second.
Bunker helped her own cause with a long fly ball to left-center that fell in for an RBI double. That made it 3-2.
Bailey Culler hit a hard bouncer to second, and the infield error allowed Hill to score an insurance run. The Hounds would end up needing that insurance.
In Central’s last at-bat, Kendra Johnson reached on an infield single, then Joyner singled up the middle to put two aboard.
Anthony looped a ball to shallow center. Hill tried to making a diving play, but the ball came out of her glove, allowing Johnson to score from second.
Hill’s throw back into the infield went wide, allowing Joyner to reach third and Anthony to second.
The Eagles had the tying and winning runs in scoring position when Bunker struck out the final batter on a checked swing.