The North Surry and Mount Airy baseball teams both saw their seasons come to an end on Wednesday night after sustaining one-run defeats in the first round of the NCHSAA state playoffs.
The Greyhounds paid a visit to Wilkes Central, the team they defeated earlier this season at Winston-Salem’s BB&T Field in the Larry Bauguess Memorial Game. Although North Surry won that game, Wilkes Central ended the regular season with a better overall record, which earned it a higher seed and the right to host the Hounds in the playoff opener for both teams.
In the rematch, North held a 2-1 lead after batting in the top of the third inning, but the Eagles pushed two runs across in the bottom of the fifth and held on to win the game 3-2, ending the Hounds’ season at 12-10.
North Surry held the edge through the first three innings, in which they picked up three hits and two walks off Wilkes starting pitcher Tanner Waddell. However, the Eagles summoned sophomore standout Skylar Brooks in the fourth inning, and he finished the game with four innings of one-run ball while striking out six. The performance lowered his season ERA to 0.38.
Both teams had four hits in the game, but the hosts strung theirs together a little better to earn the victory.
The Granite Bears also ended their season at 12-10 after losing by an identical final score, and in similar fashion, on the road at Pine Lake Prep on Wednesday night.
Mount Airy scored twice in the top of the second inning to take an early lead on the Pride, but Pine Lake (15-6) answered with three runs in the last of the fourth to take the lead, and the Bears were unable to respond over the final few innings. The teams were even with five hits and the Bears actually committed one fewer errors, but the hosts ended up with one more run.
It was the final game in the Bear athletic careers for seniors Chris Chanclor, Matthew Dodd, Tanner Dutton, Alex Creed, Clayton Cogdill, Corbin Welch and Trey Simmons.