PFAFFTOWN — After logging a seven-run fourth inning on Thursday night, the North Surry softball team pulled themselves within five of the host Reagan Raiders, but after five complete innings, suffered an 18-8 loss to strong 4A team from Forsyth County.
The Raiders produced heavily each time they arrived in the box, and drove in runs during every inning on Thursday night. The home team logged five runs in both the first and second innings, holding a 10-0 edge before the first Greyhound crossed home plate. North Surry posted scoreless innings in the first and second, and couldn’t get anything going until the third.
In the third, Drew Beamer led the inning off for the Greyhounds and with her pop to right-centerfield collected a base hit. Makara Woodbury would have had a home run had her ball over the left-field fence not been foul, but ended up hitting into a fielders’ choice. Whitney Hall’s double to the center-field fence scored the first Hound, Shaylee Tilley, who was pinch-running for Woodbury. However, the Hounds left Hall stranded on second base.
The Raiders’ Bailey Presley was driven in by Annie Kelly’s hit to restore the 10-run lead in the last of the third. Jessica Cummings was next at the plate, and she signed in another Reagan run. L.G. Goldsmith would follow and load the bases, but Beamer got the second out before walking in a run. The third out was recorded, but now North Surry trailed by a dozen to the hard-hitting Reagan team.
In the North Surry fourth, Karlie Marion reached base by walk to begin what would be a phenomenal display from the Hounds at the dish. Cidney Fulk advanced Marion to second with a base hit, and Lane Grant followed with a walk to load the bases for Beamer. As the Raiders saw visitors on all bases, there was a pitching change, which allowed the Hounds’ bats to connect like they hadn’t all game. Beamer’s infield hit to short drove in Marion. Woodbury’s infield single brought in Fulk to add another North Surry. The bases were again loaded and with only one out, Cora Stanley drove in Grant with her swat to centerfield. After Reagan got the second out, Madison Bowman’s line drive helped plate Beamer to make it 13-5. Marion followed and placed her next pitch seemingly in the same spot as Bowman to guide another Hound home. Two additional runs were added by the visiting Hounds before the third out was obtained. Callie Younger drove in Stanley, and Fulk followed by driving in Bowman. The Raiders managed to get out of the jam a little earlier than North Surry may have wanted them to, but even then the Hounds posted a 7-run inning and were within four of the home team.
Bowman took over on the Mound for the Lady Hounds in the fourth inning. With one out, back-to-back singles loaded the bases. The Raiders plated a single run, and this was followed a double from Goldsmith, who then drove in two runs herself. A groundout to first base would end the inning, but not before another Raider score. After four complete innings, Reagan boosted their lead back to 17-8.
Woodbury shifted Beamer to second base after being walked to open up the fifth inning, but the Hounds would remain stranded on base as a punch-out, a ground-out and a caught pop to first ended the inning with no scoring.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Cummings stepped into the box with two Reagan outs and a runner on second, doubled with an 0-2 count and drove in the game’s last run. With the Raiders back to a 10-run lead, play was cut short and the Raiders claimed the win.
North Surry, now 3-5 on the season, will host West Stokes on Tuesday in a Western Piedmont Athletic Conference matchup.