KING — East Surry overcame a slow start to down West Stokes 13-8 Thursday night.
The Lady Cardinals scored seven runs in the top of the third on the way to a season sweep of the Lady Wildcats.
West Stokes pitcher Abigail Worley started off strong with six quick strikeouts in the first two innings. West batted around and rose to an early five-run lead in the bottom of the second with solid singles from Leah Smith, Taylor McKinney, Morgan Manley and Cassie Palmer.
The lead didn’t last long.
The Cards reacted with seven runs in the top of the third.
West Stokes scored a run to close within 7-6. Shelby Turney was hit by a pitch advancing her to first. Alyssa Duggins laid down a sacrifice bunt moving Turney to second base. Palmer hit her second single of the night followed by a groundout to second base from Hope Hauser which moved Turney over the plate.
East Surry exploded with six more runs in the top of the sixth. Third baseman Laken Bowman hit a two-run homer with singles by Emily Cummings, Katie Tweet, Jesse Barr and Amber Lawson. Wildcat pitchers Worley and Duggins struggled to stop carnage.
At bat, the Wildcats had two quick strike outs but Palmer rallied with a single followed by Hauser with a line drive to short stop. Morton hit a single bringing Palmer in for a run. Morton stole second and Hauser scored off a Cardinal error making the score 13-8.
“We came out strong and ready to hit and we did but after the second inning we were still hitting just not in the gaps. Plus, our defense was shaky. We’ll bounce back,” Palmer said.
Palmer believes the seniors are realizing it’s coming down to the end for them and it’s time to step up their game.
“We’ve had a rough start, but I think we’ll end strong,” Palmer said.