Coach Travis Gammons of North Surry said it’s tough to rattle sophomore hurler Brady Watts.
The left-hander proved it against a cross-county rival Wednesday night.
Watts worked his way out of a couple of jams as the Greyhounds posted a 2-1 victory against Surry Central in Western Piedmont Conference baseball.
Junior Nick Wilson’s two-run homer in the third inning was all the offense the Greyhounds (5-6 overall, 2-2 league) would need.
Watts gave up just one earned run, scattered five hits, walked two, hit one batter, and struck out six in a complete game effort to stay unbeaten on the season.
“His composure is one of his strengths,” Gammons said. “He’s mature beyond his years. He played well and we played the gloves behind him pretty well. Wilson had a timely hit for us.”
Watts got in trouble in the top of the third. Samuel Harris doubled, Jake Wilmoth was hit by a pitch, and Forest Kimbrell drew a walk to load the bases with one out. But Watts buckled down and got a strikeout and flyout to end the inning.
North did its damage with two outs in the bottom of the third. Tyler Clement had a base hit, and then Wilson followed with a two-run shot over the fence in left center field.
Central got another crack in the top of the fifth. Kaden Leonard drew a walk, Harris singled and the runners moved to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Jake Wilmoth. Kimbrell smashed a double and scored Leonard from third base. Harris tried to score from second to tie the game, but he was tagged out at the plate on a nice throw from Caleb Cockerham to Wilson.
“That was a game-saving throw,” Gammons said. “If he ties it there, that changes things. That was huge.”
Watts gave up a two-out single to Michael Roberts in the sixth, but he was caught trying to steal second. Watts retired the Eagles in order in the seventh.
Harris took the loss in six innings for the Eagles. He gave up two earned runs off five hits, walked one and struck out three. Central, which came in with wins in six of its last seven games, fell to 7-5 overall and was handed its first conference loss of the season to fall to 3-1. West Stokes, which beat South Stokes 8-5 on Tuesday sits alone atop the WPC baseball standings with a 4-0 conference record. The Wildcats are 8-1 overall.
Tanner Hodgin tripled in the fourth for the Greyhounds, who also got base hits from Watts and Caleb Hobernicht.
North travels to South Stokes on Friday night. Central visits Forbush.