DOBSON — The Lady Eagles beat Starmount 13-7 in softball Thursday night.
Surry Central won its second-straight game after starting the season with two losses.
After being outscored 31-7 in the first two games, the Eagles outscored Starmount and Reagan 24-12 in the past week.
“I’m proud of the girls,” said Coach Glenn Craddock. “We’re not quite where we want to be yet, but I’m seeing some good things with the bats coming around.”
The defense has had some problems with errors, he said, but the players are getting those worked out. They are improving day by day.
The Eagles broke through in the bottom of the first with some head’s-up baserunning.
Kendra Johnson reached on an error by the second baseman. Samantha Cox squared to give a sacrifice bunt. The third baseman charged in to be in position, and no one rotated over to cover the bag. Johnson rounded second and kept going all the way to third on the sacrifice.
Cassidy Joyner then drove Johnson home with a single.
The Lady Rams scored in the top of the second to tie the game.
In the bottom of the third, the Eagles exploded for eight runs.
“And that wasn’t even the inning with the home runs,” said Craddock.
Everyone contributed in that inning as the team batted around the order.
Up 9-1, Craddock was hoping his team could get a 10-run lead and end the game early. However, Starmount scored three times in the top of the fourth to make it 9-4.
Sophomore Kristin Key hit a solo homer in the bottom half for a 10-4 game.
In the fifth inning, Johnson reached base again before Joyner blasted a long homer to centerfield. The ball carried all the way to the steps of the press box above the football field, the coach said with awe.
Then Brittany Myers came up next and made it back-to-back jacks with a solo shot to make it 13-4.
Starmount scored three runs in the top of the seventh to make the score more respectable.
Johnson reached base four times. She had a single, two doubles, four runs and three RBIs.
Joyner was 3-4 with three RBIs.
The junior also went the distance on the mound. She allowed 10 hits and two walks while striking out three. The Eagles made two errors.
Central improved to 2-2, all in nonconference action. The team opens Northwest Conference play today as it hosts West Stokes.