WINSTON-SALEM — Surry Central’s baseball team pounded out their highest number of runs this season as they posted 27 on Saturday during a non-conference matchup against Atkins.
The Golden Eagles scored nine runs in the first inning and never let off the gas, ultimately set the tone for the rest of competition against the Camels.
“We never let up, and we hit the ball well all throughout the lineup. I think our first nine batters all nine scored, and I don’t think I have ever seen that,” said Central head coach Seth Reece. “We played well, and it was good to bounce back from our Thursday night win against Wilkes Central and ours today.”
Chandler Johnson opened the game with a single, and was immediately moved to third base from Chandler Daughenbaugh’s drive to left-center field. Michael Roberts drove in Johnson and Daughenbaugh in his first appearance at the plate on Saturday, putting Surry Central on the scoreboard with a 2-0 lead. Jed Kidd and Tyler Myers both walked to load the bases. Troy Jessup’s base-hit scored Roberts to plate the third run in for the Golden Eagles. Tyler Whitaker’s chopper to right field drove in the next two runs. This was followed by another two from Noah Wilmoth’s pop to shortstop, which along with a fielding error, brought home a third run. The visitors then drove in another run, for a total of eight, before Atkins recorded its first out. Kidd plated his squad’s final RBI to lift the Golden Eagles to a nine-run edge to close out their first turns at the plate.
The only damage that originated from any Camel in the first inning was a solo home run from the home squad’s three-hole for the first Atkins run. A punch-out from Daughenbaugh would finish out the first inning and send the Golden Eagles back to the plate to strengthen their already comfortable lead.
Atkins sent another man to the mound in hopes of not tacking on as many runs as Surry Central had in the inning prior. Jessup led off with a walk. Wilmoth stepped into the box with Whitaker and Jessup on base, with his double generated the run that lifted the Eagles to a double-digit score. There were runners on second and third base when Ryan Gordon drove in Whitaker with his RBI and Johnson followed by guiding Gordon home. The fourth Surry Central run of the second inning originated from Kidd, who drove in Roberts. Then Myers sent a long ball over the right-field fence for a two-run home run. Seven more Golden Eagles rounded the bases during the second inning, and the lead was already 16-1.
The Camels tacked on their second run in the bottom of the second with an RBI single, but a punch-out and a ground out would leave them with only two runs total from the first two innings.
With runners on the corners, Central’s Gabe Simmons picked a pitch to send to centerfield which allowed the two more Golden Eagle runners to score opening up the third inning. Roberts’ outfield single scored Preston Mooney for the third run and the Golden Eagles would score another two before their third out was recorded. The score then rested at 21-2 as the Camels came to bat to close out the third inning.
With runners on the corners and zero outs, a chopper to centerfield allowed two Camels to score and brought the Camels to within 21-4. The bases were loaded and a heavy line-drive allowed a third Camel to cross home before the third inning was finished.
The Camels would later add their last run in the fourth inning for their total of six on the day.
The Golden Eagles closed out the game by matching their next two innings, the fourth and fifth, adding another three runs each.
In the top of the fifth and with the bases loaded, Roberts sent a pitch to left field to bring in Wilmoth. Sumner followed also with a drive to left field, which brought the last two Surry Central runs home.
After five complete innings, the Golden Eagles had a 27-6 win to bring back to Dobson and improved their overall mark to 7-3.
Central will host East Surry on Thursday evening.