WINSTON-SALEM — East Surry’s Lady Cardinals improved to 10-2 on the season as they held the Lady Camels of Atkins to only three innings of play in a 19-0 rout on Wednesday evening.
East Surry currently tops the Northwest 1A Conference with a 5-0 record in league play.
In the first inning, East Surry hammered out eight runs to gain a comfortable lead.
Eliza Hart raced home to give the Cardinals their second run of the night. The bases were already loaded when Kelsey Heflin was walked and guided Allie Bruner home. Anna-Kate Badgett’s drive to left field drove in the two runs from Sarah Marion and Ally McCraw. Bethany Clayton’s infield single drove in Heflin while Morgan Smith’s double drove in Badgett and Clayton. The early offensive production helped the Cardinals earn an early 8-0 lead before Atkins even took a swing.
Bruner opened up the second inning with a base-hit, but would later steal all the way to third base, and would be the first Cardinal to come home when Marion stepped up to the plate. Heflin doubled to bring Leah Hayes home. Badgett was walked and Heflin scored on a wild pitch to lift the Cardinals into double-digit scoring at 12 runs. Clayton walked and brought in the next score. Then Smith tripled, and with a long ball out to left centerfield drove in Clayton for a 14-0 lead. Smith then came home by wild pitch and would be the last East Surry player to cross home plate in the second inning. The Camels came to bat for the second time already down by a whopping 15 runs.
The only Camel that East Surry pitcher Autumn Lawson walked came in the bottom of the second inning with one out. This didn’t matter, as the runner was stranded at second.
In the third inning, Eliza Hart walked and later stole second and third bases. Heflin’s chopper to first base brought in Hart. Clayton’s line drive with the bases loaded scored Hayes to make the score 17-0. Smith logged a single and drove in Heflin. Two outs were recorded by Atkins before any more damage was delivered to the home team.The score eventually reached 19-0 before the Camels got the last out.
Atkins had one more turn at bat before the game would be called unless they could reduce their deficit under 15 runs, but the Camels were held off the board in their half of the third. Smith at second tossed the ball to Clayton at first for the first out of the third inning. The next batter struck out swinging and the third was retired on a pop fly out to right field.
The game lasted a little over an hour.
Lawson struck out two, walked one, and gave up only one hit in her abbreviated outing.
In the win, the Cardinals logged nine hits, of which three came in the last inning.
The Cardinals will travel to Clemmons today to take on the 4A Central Piedmont West Forsyth Titans at 7 p.m.