KING — The North Surry Lady Greyhounds softball team dropped their Western Piedmont Athletic Conference opener at West Stokes Tuesday night, by an 8-4 decision.
The home Wildcats tacked on four runs during their first opportunity at the dish, including a two-run home run from Mackenzie Parker, and took a comfortable early lead to begin Western Piedmont Athletic Conference competition. As for North Surry, a Greyhound did not cross home plate until the third inning.
Drew Beamer relieved Madison Bowman on the mound in the bottom of the second inning. The first Wildcat that Beamer faced on the night earned a triple from her right field fly, and with a little trouble defensively, a successful bunt brought in another West Stokes run. The next three batters for the home team were retired in order. With the late second-inning defensive momentum with them, the Greyhounds then stepped up their offensive game to open up the third inning with their next trip to the dish.
Whitney Hall stroked a quick and easy base hit to position the first Greyhound on the bases after having two prior scoreless innings. Cidney Fulk hit a drive past the West Stokes second baseman and followed Hall with a base hit. Beamer loaded the bases full of Greyhounds for the first time all game with a hit to centerfield. Makara Woodbury was next to the plate, and her pop up landed just short of West Stokes’ centerfielder and in doing so, brought Hall home with the first Greyhound score. Cora Stanley’s pop to first base ended the inning and sat the hot Hounds down with three runners left on base.
In the bottom of the third, West Stokes’ Taylor Cunningham hit a line drive to centerfield which earned her only one base, but drove in a run. Cunningham’s RBI would be the only score for the home team as North Surry got out of the jam and only allowed one run.
There were no score posted for either squad in the fourth and fifth innings.
The Hounds fielded probably their best of Tuesday night in the fifth inning. Wildcat Sydney Shelton hit a chopper slightly past Woodbury and collected first. Stanley, at first base, caught Rachel Delcamp’s foul pop up for the first out. The next also originated at first base, as she demonstrated a near split to get the second out with a toss from Woodbury at third. A pop up grab from Evann Shelnutt ended the fifth as the Wildcats left two runners on base.
No Greyhound got past first base to open up the sixth. In the sixth for the Wildcats, Shelnutt made a sliding dive and catch to tag the Wildcats with their first out. However, West Stokes was then able to plate another run on an infield error. The Hounds finally got out of the sixth by leaving a Wildcat stranded in scoring position with a catch out in left centerfield.
As the game reached the seventh inning, the Hounds posed a heavy scare to the Wildcats, but the late rally would come up short, as West Stokes’ defensive infield dominance brought North Surry to a screeching halt.
On a 3-2 count, Shelnutt picked a perfect pitch to send to the fence, just shy of a home run as she powered out a triple. Callie Younger was next to bat for the Greyhounds, and brought Shellnut in with her pop to right field that logged the first of three Greyhound runs in the seventh inning. Hall followed Younger with a chopper and was safe at first base. Cidney Fulk walked after battling with a full count, and moved Hall to second base. Beamer went to the dish with only one out and after seeing runners at first and second, loaded the bases with a chopper to centerfield. Hall crossed home plate as a result of Woodbury being dealt four balls and collecting first. As the bases were loaded yet again, the Greyhounds only needed a base hit to bring in another run, and did so with Stanley at the plate. On Stanley’s first pitch, she dropped a ball in the gap and directly in front of West Stokes’ centerfielder, which tallied in a run from Fulk, the third run of the seventh for the Hounds. The visiting Hounds were looking to continue their rally, but a double play retired their hopes of a late game rally and concluded competition.
The Lady Hounds will travel to Pfafftown to take on the Raiders of Ronald Reagan on Thursday.