PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry improved to 18-0 with its sixth shutout of the season.
Seth Brim and Cody Ashburn combined for a two-hitter in an 8-0 win over South Stokes Monday.
Brim started and went five innings. He gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out four.
Ashburn came out for the sixth inning. He allowed one hit and one walk while getting strikeouts on five of his six outs.
Not only have the Cardinals pitched six shutouts, but the team has eight other wins where the pitching staff gave up just one run.
That’s 14 out of the 18 games where the other team has scored one or fewer runs, noted assistant coach Chad Freeman.
“That’s going to make for a pretty good season,” he said.
The Cards pushed a run across in the bottom of the first.
Logan Sheets led off by pushing a bunt past the third baseman. The shortstop bobbled the ball, giving Sheets time to reach. Weston Payne singled, and Tyler Marion moved Sheets into scoring position with a sacrifice fly to deep center. Alec Wilson followed with an RBI single.
In the second inning the Cards would score three times and chase starter Jake Carter.
Scott Meredith hit a one-out single. Joshua Sawyers bunted and the ball was mishandled. That error allowed Meredith to round second and race for third as the bag was left unattended. In the ensuing scramble, Sawyers took second.
Sheets followed with a two-run triple and then scored himself on a sac fly to right from Payne.
In the fourth inning, the Cards got two aboard via walks. Carson Long and Meredith reached, then moved over a base on a wild pitch.
Payne blooped a two-out single to left. The outfielder tried to make a diving catch, but the officials ruled it a trap. In the meantime, both runners scored for a 6-0 lead.
The Cards would score two more runs in the fifth, and reliever Charles Finney would give way to Jordan Herron.
Catcher Madison Chilton singled and came out for a courtesy runner. Brim and Long singled to load the bases.
Meredith was hit by a pitch to force in Chilton’s courtesy runner. Preston Smith then hit a sac fly to center to get Brim home.
That made it 8-0, and Ashburn came on in relief for East.
The Cards have two more games this week. On Wednesday, they host West Wilkes. Then on Friday, they travel to Winston-Salem for a conference game with Atkins.