ELKIN — Mount Airy put on a hit parade in the Bears’ 8-4 victory against Elkin in nonconference baseball on Thursday night.
The Bears (11-7) have won five straight and swept two games from the Buckin’ Elks this season. Elkin fell to 4-14.
Jon Cagle had three singles and Kenny Overfelt tripled twice for Mount Airy, which finished with 10 hits. Left-hander Logan Holder got the win on the hill for the Bears.
Mount Airy turned a couple of double plays in the game, and although Elkin threatened at times, the defense showed up and kept the Elks from putting additional runs on the board.
Mount Airy drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Mitchell Brown was hit by a pitch from Elkin starter Walker Longworth. He stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on a one-out RBI sac fly from Jon Cagle.
The Bears added to the lead in third when Brown drilled a liner that smacked off Longworth’s pitching hand to start the inning. Longworth shook it off, but then gave up a single in the gap to Cagle. On the play, Brown and Cagle advanced to scoring position with an Elkin throwing error.
Brown scored on a balk from Longworth, and Kenny Overfelt had an RBI sac fly to score Cagle from third base. Wesley Bumgarner hit a triple to deep left center field, and was able to score on another error from the Buckin’ Elks to make it 4-0. Longworth got two groundouts to end the inning.
Elkin got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Holder issued a walk to Longworth, and pinch runner Kody King scored on a two-out double down the left field line from Daniel Brinegar. Brinegar hustled toward third was but tagged out on a nice throw from Cagle to David Sparger.
The Bears got the run back with an RBI sac bunt from Holder to score Cagle in the fifth to make it 5-1.
The Elks loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, Drew Shinkle cleared the runners with a hit that sailed into right field to put Elkin right back in the game, down just one run.
Mount Airy responded with three more runs in the next inning.
In the top of the sixth, Clay Welch reached on an error, and Brandon Sheppard drew a walk from reliever Eli Brown. Corbin Welch had a base hit, and Brown hit an RBI single. In the next at-bat, Cagle put the ball in play, but Elkin got the forceout at home and then threw out Cagle out at first. Corbin Welch scored on the play thanks to some heads-up baserunning. Overfelt pounded an RBI triple for the final run of the night.
Mount Airy’s senior night is Tuesday at home against North Stokes.