Lady Cards obliterate Sauras

By Cory Smith - csmith@mtairynews.com

WALNUT COVE — With the team’s first two wins coming by just a one-run margin, the Lady Cards of East Surry softball went on a tirade in a 21-8 win over South Stokes.

This is the Lady Cards’ second conference game of the season. The first saw East host conference foe North Stokes. The Lady Vikings (3-0) handed East Surry its’ first loss of the year, 9-2, on March 5.

East Surry put on a hitting clinic with 21 runs. An astounding 11 different Cardinals scored in the game and 12 recorded hits.

The opening inning went in a shocking direction when you consider the end result of the game. South Stokes (0-4) had only scored four runs in its’ first three games. Against East Surry, the Sauras crossed the plate three times in just the first inning.

The top of the first inning was one of only two innings in which the Lady Cards were held scoreless.

As for the second inning and beyond, the Cards were in control.

East Surry took the lead in the top of the second with four runs in the inning. The Cards held South Stokes scoreless in the bottom.

The barrage continued when East scored three more runs in the third inning. The Sauras, once again, were held scoreless in the inning.

Inning number four marked the second and final time that East Surry was held scoreless. The Sauras cut the Cardinal lead to 7-5 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

East extended the lead to 8-5 with one run to South’s zero in the fifth.

The game was still competitive heading into the sixth inning. That is, until East Surry doubled its’ tally and took a 16-5 lead. South was able to score three runs in the inning, marking the first time all game that both teams scored in the same inning.

The Lady Cards put the cherry on top of their victory with five more runs in the top of the seventh. South Stokes was held scoreless to give East Surry a 21-8 victory.

Bethany Clayton led the Cardinals with four hits, followed by Kristin Hicks with three, Anna-Kate Badgett, Autumn Lawson, Maggie Holt, and Kelsey Heflin had two, and Tynlee Jones, Grace Kiser, Leah Hayes, Allie Bruner, Hali Scott, and Sarah Marion had one.

Both Lawson and Hicks had home runs in the game, Clayton had a triple, Kiser and Marion had doubles, and Clayton, Badgett, Jones, Hayes, Lawson, Bruner, Hicks, Holt, Scott, and Heflin each had a single.

On the mound, Lawson pitched for three innings and had four strikeouts, Scott pitched for 3.2 innings and had two strikeouts, and Holt pitched for the game’s remainder.

East Surry softball advances to 3-1 with a 21-8 victory at South Stokes

By Cory Smith

csmith@mtairynews.com

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