DANBURY — Seth Brim took a perfect game into the sixth inning, and East Surry tossed another shutout for a 5-0 win over North Stokes on the road.
Brim (6-0 on the season) and Scott Meredith combined for a two-hit shutout, the 10th of the season for the stingy Cardinals.
In a 21-0 start, the Cards have held teams to one run or less in 18 of 21 games.
Out of the 18 outs that Seth had in six innings, 16 of them came via strikeout, noted Coach Barry Hall. Then when he came on in the seventh, Scott struck out two of three that he faced. That is 18 strikeouts in 21 outs.
Hall said he’d like to say it was a good defensive effort, but his team only had to make three outs.
The coach said catcher Madison Chilton deserves some of the credit, too, as he does a great job with his battery mates.
He sets up well, blocks the plate and frames pitches on the corners, Hall explained. He does such a professional job behind the plate that some of the umpires have even told Hall that they enjoy calling games with Chilton catching.
Hall said he probably worked Madison too hard last year, not giving him enough breaks. He started out well, but seemed to wear down, the coach said. This year he is fresher and is hitting well, too.
In this game against starter Richard Martin, the Cards scored once in the first and twice in the third.
Logan Sheets led off the top of the first with a walk and took second on a balk. Weston Payne moved Sheets to third with a single, then Tyler Marion singled home a run.
In the third inning, Marion doubled and scored off an RBI double from Alec Wilson. Cody Ashburn then followed with a single to score Wilson for a 3-0 lead.
Austin Tucker came on for the Vikings in the fourth inning.
In the fifth, East scored a run on Tucker. Ashburn walked and stole second before scoring on a double from Meredith.
The final run came in the top of the sixth.
Payne hit a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly from Marion.
Brim gave up two hits in the bottom of the sixth, but escaped the jam on his own.
“It was a good ball game, well played by both teams,” said Hall. “It was quickly played.”
It was good for the team to have another close game, he said. The Cards beat West Wilkes 4-0 last week.
North Stokes is much improved over last year and has even gotten better since the first meeting, said Hall. The Cards won that meeting 10-1, but had tougher time Monday.
The Vikings are making all the routine plays and even some spectacular ones, he said.
The left fielder chased down a ball in the gap and made the catch while diving straight out parallel to the ground, the coach said. That was probably the best catch Hall has seen all season.
The Cards are scheduled to play Walkertown today, but that is in jeopardy due to the weather.