PILOT MOUNTAIN —East Surry remained undefeated on the season after a 4-1 win over Bishop McGuinness in Northwest Conference baseball on Friday night.
The Cardinals (15-0 overall, 7-0 league) scored one run in the first inning and tacked on three more in the third. East, ranked No. 1 in the state in the Impact Baseball polls, is off to its best start in school history.
In the bottom of the first, Logan Sheets reached on an error by left-handed pitcher Josh Claus, then Weston Payne grounded into a fielder’s choice. Alec Wilson smashed an RBI double down the left field line to score Payne.
Madison Chilton had a base hit, but Wilson was tagged out at the plate on the play.
In the second inning, Cody Ashburn and Seth Brim had singles, then Scott Meredith had a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Preston Smith put the ball in play, but Ashburn was forced out at home.
The next batter flied out, but Brim scored on an errant throw to home plate. Then Payne drilled a two-RBI single to put the Cards ahead 4-0.
Tyler Marion earned the pitching victory for East. He gave up one earned run, scattered nine hits, had no walks, and struck out 15 in six innings. Scott Meredith retired Bishop in order in the seventh on three strikeouts.
Stuart Spiers had an RBI in the fifth to drive in the Villains’ only run of the game.
East swept the two games with Bishop this season, winning 11-5 in the first matchup between the two clubs. The Cards won despite being outhit 9-8 in the contest.
Wilson doubled twice in the game — including one that slammed off the fence in center field to lead off the bottom of the third.
East returns to action today against East Wilkes (1 p.m.) in the ALS Classic at Mount Airy High School. Also playing today in the Classic are Mount Airy vs. Elkin (4 p.m.) and Starmount vs. Walkertown (10 a.m.).