KING — Surry Central softball fell 3-2 to West Stokes during its Western Piedmont Athletic Conference opener on Friday night.
Neither Surry Central nor West Stokes tacked on any runs in their initial time at the plate.
Faye Lawson’s leadoff double situated a Wildcat on the bases to open the second inning. A successful bunt from Allison Mabe followed and drove Lawson in for the first score on the night. After the first West Stokes run, the bases were loaded on back-to-back occasions, but Savanah Atkins tagged out a Wildcat attempting to come home, and a groundout ended the damage and left two Wildcats stranded on base.
In the third inning, the visiting Golden Eagles committed two quick outs, but Atkins was heard from before West Stokes (8-1) could get out of the inning. Surry Central’s catcher stepped into the batter’s box with two outs, and sent a long ball over the left-field fence for a two-run home run in favor of the Surry County squad.
The Wildcats answered in their half of the inning.
Hannah Woody battled with a 1-2 count and laid down a bunt to reach first base. Woody made it to third base on Mackenzie Parker’s double to left field. There were Wildcat runners on second and third base when Lawson sent a chopper to centerfield and plated both Woody and Parker to put the home team back on top. Central got out of the inning with no more damage, but the third inning would be the last frame that either squad would score in. The Wildcats’ 3-2 edge would eventually earn them their second Western Piedmont Athletic Conference win this season.
Ema Coe took the mound for the Golden Eagles to close out the fourth inning and did not allow a Wildcat to cross home plate for the remainder of the competition.
Taylor Coe’s pop to left field in the top of the sixth earned her first base. She would later proceed to second on Natalee Jones’ groundout at first, but a flyout to right center field would ended the Eagles’ time at the plate. Surry Central had one last opportunity in the top of the seventh inning to rally out a win, but came up short and was not able to place any Golden Eagles on base.
Surry Central, now 3-5 on the season, will host Carver on Tuesday to continue conference play.