PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry baseball beat West Wilkes 4-0 Wednesday night.
The top 1A team in the state remains unbeaten this season at 19-0. Going back to the midway point of last season, the core of this team has won 38 of the past 40 games.
Each team had just four hits in this pitchers’ duel, according to East head coach Barry Hall.
“It was well played by both teams,” Hall said. “These are the kind of games we need to prepare for the state playoffs. … We don’t need those 14-0, 15-0 games.”
“West Wilkes is a class act, and we’ve had some great games with them over the years,” he said.
The Cardinals scored two runs in the first inning and then scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Tyler Marion started on the mound and pitched the first five innings with battery mate Madison Chilton. He picked up the win to improve to 7-0.
Scott Meredith came on in the sixth inning with catcher Blake Marion. Meredith got the save with two scoreless innings.
In addition to handling the starter, Chilton also provided two of the Cards’ four hits. He had a single, double and an RBI.
Meredith was 1-2 with a triple.
Hall said that Blackhawks coach Drew Ward said that his team has been playing its best ball lately. Still, West Wilkes falls to 7-11 on the season.
This was a game won by great pitching and great defense, said Hall, the same elements that have propelled this East Surry team to a school record for the best start to a season. The Cards will go for their 20th win on Friday against Atkins.
After that, the Cards were set to play North Stokes on Monday. However, because of the threat of rain, Hall said he is hoping to move the game up to Saturday.
Next week, the Cards have two home games. They take on second-place Walkertown on Tuesday, then they will have their Senior Night on Wednesday against North Iredell.