PILOT MOUNTAIN — The East Surry baseball team got itself in a world of trouble on Friday night against North Stokes, but still found a way to come out with the victory.
The Cardinals found themselves in a tight battle with the Vikings, featuring a couple of ties and lead changes, before North Stokes took advantage of two East Surry errors to plate a pair of unearned runs and take a 5-3 lead with just three outs remaining.
Things looked even more dire when the Vikings got the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Cardinals rallied to score two runs with no one on base and forced the game to extra innings tied at 5.
After Cardinal pitcher Luke Horton held North Stokes off the scoreboard in the top half of the inning, A.J. Wilson drew a walk and stole second base. Kain Kiser followed, worked the count full, and then singled to left to drive in Wilson with the game-winning run.
Cameron Whitaker started the game for the Cardinals, pitching six innings with three runs allowed, two of them earned. Horton came on in the seventh, allowed no earned runs (both of the Vikings’ runs in the top half of the seventh were unearned), and was credited with the victory.
East Surry, now 7-2 overall and 2-0 in Northwest 1A Conference action, will host Bishop McGuinness on Tuesday night.