Scott Meredith and Seth Brim combined for two-hit shutout as East Surry cruised past Bishop McGuinness 10-0 in six innings in the Northwest 1A Conference tournament semifinals on Thursday afternoon.
With the win, the Cardinals (23-0) advanced to play Walkertown in the tournament championship game on Saturday night at Mount Airy High School.
Meredith allowed no hits with no walks and four strikeouts in three innings of work. Brim threw the last three innings, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out six.
The Cardinals (23-0) scored two runs in the first inning and tacked on six more in the second against the Villains. East finished with 11 hits for the game.
“We hit the ball well,” coach Barry Hall of East Surry said. “We’ve been doing that all year. Our lineup, top to bottom, we feel pretty good about.”
Weston Payne singled and would later steal home for the Cards’ first run of the afternoon. Madison Chilton’s double to right-center field drove in another run for East in the first inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, Cody Ashburn singled, Lucas Koons had a bunt single and Chilton was hit by a pitch. Meredith and Payne drew consecutive walks with the bases loaded to make it 4-0.
Tyler Marion smashed a double down the left field line to drive in two more runs. Seth Brim was hit by a pitch from Bishop starter Matt Neidert with the bases loaded, and then Ashburn ripped a two-RBI single in his second at-bat of the inning.
Niedert gave way to Stuart Spiers in the third inning. The Cards didn’t get any more runs until the bottom of the sixth.
Alec Wilson singled, Blake Marion doubled, and Brim hit a two-RBI single to end the game on the mercy rule. East did not commit an error in the contest.
“Our kids haven’t let up,” Hall said. “The kids practice hard, and they play hard. This crew has bought into what we are doing.”
The Villains fell to 11-8 on the season.
East swept the regular season series from Walkertown, which edged by Mount Airy 3-0 in the other semifinal game on Thursday.
The last time the Cards and Wolfpack played, East rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2.
Hall, whose team sits atop the 1A state baseball rankings, said he expects another tough game with Walkertown on Saturday. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“It’s always better when the finals come around to be playing instead of in street clothes,” Hall said. “We were fortunate to beat South Stokes last year, so hopefully we can make it back-to-back championships.”