Someone forgot to tell Surry Central’s baseball team that it’s not supposed to beat the 4-A powerhouses that are on its schedule.
The Golden Eagles spent all of last week mixing it up with the big boys from Forsyth County, and emerged from the week with two victories in three tries after downing West Forsyth 4-3 in eight innings on Friday night.
Surry Central, now 4-4 on the season with three one-run setbacks on its ledger, paid back the Titans (7-2) for the only bad loss they had suffered all season. Back on March 9, West Forsyth had come up to Dobson and embarrassed the Golden Eagles on their own field, 10-0.
Surry Central pitchers Jed Kidd and Sean Schendel made sure that the rematch wasn’t more of the same. The two combined to limit the Titans to just five hits, and Schendel closed out West Forsyth on its home field in the bottom of the eighth after Central had touched up junior right-hander Andrew Upton for the go-ahead run in the top half of the inning.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first, but the Titans answered with two of their own in their first turn at bat. Surry Central went ahead 3-2 in the third with two runs off West Forsyth senior starter Ben Diamond, but the Titans scratched out one in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game once again.
Diamond and Kidd held off their opponents until late in the contest. The former gave way to Upton in the seventh, while Kidd passed the ball to Schendel to begin the eighth.
The Eagles’ Riley Dockery and Tyler Myers each had a triple for their team. Dockery was 2-for-4 and scored two of Central’s runs.
Two nights earlier, the Eagles pummeled North Forsyth 11-0 in five innings in Dobson.
Surry Central broke the game open with nine runs in the second inning and then added two more in the third. Coach Matt Scott cleared his bench well before the game was over, and 14 different players had at least one turn at bat for the Eagles. Central had 14 hits in the game, led by Ethan Danley (3-for-3) and Ryan Gordon (2-for-4).
The impressive offensive show for the Eagles included extra-base hits by Danley and Tyler Whitaker, six walks, a perfect 5-for-5 stealing bases, and only three strikeouts. Surry Central also played error-free ball, while pitchers Tyler Myers and Schendel combined to allow just three hits.
On Tuesday night, Central wasted an outstanding pitching performance from seniors Silas Hutson and Garrett Johnson, who held visiting R.J. Reynolds to just one run, but didn’t get any help from their teammates’ bats in a 1-0 loss.
Hutson allowed a run in the first inning, but then held the Demons in check into the sixth, departing after 5 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and only two walks allowed. Johnson was perfect the rest of the way.
Danley, Garrett Durham, Myers and Chandler Johnson all had singles for Central.
The Eagles play at East Wilkes on Monday night.