The Granite Bears won their third game of the week by blanking Atkins 10-0 Thursday.
Mount Airy beat Elkin and Bishop McGuinness earlier in the week, then took care of the Camels in five innings to improve to 9-7 overall and 5-4 in the Northwest Conference.
The Bears now are in third place behind undefeated East Surry and Walkertown.
The Bears were on a four-game winning streak until last week when they played Walkertown twice and East Surry once. They lost all three games, but have bounced back with three games to the good.
John Bowman pitched all five innings, allowing just one hit.
“After walking two batters in the first, John settled down and did a good job for us,” said Coach Jon Cawley. Bowman threw just 17 pitches over the next three innings combined.
By comparison, Cawley said he considers a quality inning to be 14 pitches or less, and Bowman was averaging six.
“The bottom of the lineup are the ones who made things happen for us,” he said.
After posting one run in the first, the Bears exploded for seven runs in the second inning.
Clay Welch and David Sparger singled. Brandon Shepherd dropped a sacrifice bunt, but was safe at first on an error.
With the bases loaded, Mitchell Brown singled in two runs. Shepherd scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
Corbin Welch walked, then Brown stole third base. The catcher made a bad throw to let Brown reach home.
Kenny Overfelt hit a triple to the fence to score Welch.
“Jon Cagle knocked the cover off the ball down the third-base line,” said Cawley. That scored Overfelt to make it 7-0.
Cagle stole third and scored on a groundout by Wes Bumgardner.
In the fourth inning, Welch doubled over the left fielder’s head, then took third on a groundout by Overfelt. Cagle got his second RBI by singling in Welch. That made it 9-0, and the Bears would reach 10 by the fifth inning.
Bullpen catcher Brian Bennett saw action and got a single and RBI.
The game ended early on the 10-run mercy rule.
During spring break next week, the Bears will have two road games.
On Monday, the team travels to Greensboro to face 4A Dudley (7-7). Then on Thursday, the Bears go to Elkin (2-11).