The Granite Bears, both male and female, had rough evenings on the diamond Wednesday.
The Mount Airy softball team ran into powerhouse North Stokes, the defending conference champion and the state’s fifth-ranked 1A team, and suffered a decisive 15-0 defeat. Not long after, the Bears’ baseball team saw their winning streak halted by the defending Northwest Conference champs in that sport, falling 11-4 to Walkertown.
The hard-hitting Wolfpack jumped in front 2-0 in the top of the first inning against Mount Airy starter Chris Chanclor, but the Bears had a golden opportunity to strike back in their first trun at bat, loading the bases in the bottom half of the inning. However, they managed just one run, that coming when Alex Creed drew a bases-loaded walk to score Trey Simmons.
Walkertown (7-3, 3-0 NW1A) added two runs in the third inning to lead 4-1 and then broke it open with five in the fourth, both times aided by some shaky Mount Airy defense.
Down 9-1 in the fourth inning, the Bears tried to mount a rally. Cooper Nester singled and Cole Shelton drove him in with a triple. Shelton then scored on a sacrifice bunt by Robert Brown to cut the deficit to 9-3. Creed singled to score Baylor Brinkley in the fifth, pulling Mount Airy back within five. The inning continued, and with two down, Nester walked to load the bases for Shelton, but the latter couldn’t come up with another hit.
The Wolfpack added one run in each of the final two frames to produce the final score. The teams will rematch today at Walkertown, weather permitting.
Although the Bears stumbled against the Wolfpack, Mount Airy got the week off to a good start on Monday night, when the team traveled to Elkin and claimed a 5-2 victory.
The game was close throughout, but Mount Airy never trailed in claiming what had been its fourth straight win. The Bears took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, allowed the Elks to get one back in their half of the inning, but then scored to make it 3-1 in the fifth. Elkin got that run back an inning later, but Mount Airy tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning to lock up the win.
Clay Taylor drove in two runs with a single and a sac fly. Brown had both a run scored and an RBI as part of his 1-for-2 outing, and Simon Cawley also drove in a run. Simmons scored twice and Creed doubled and scored.
Tanner Dutton was credited with the win after throwing 2 2/3 innings of relief and allowing just one run.
North Stokes 15, Mount Airy 0
The Lady Bears were hosting the state’s fifth-ranked 1A team, North Stokes, and last year’s West Regional runners-up were in top form in handing Mount Airy a one-sided loss on Wednesday evening.
The Lady Vikings (9-1, 4-0 NW1A) hammered out five hits in the first inning, including a triple by Chandley Garner and doubles by Lora Wood and Sierra Hubbard, to jump out to a quick 6-0 lead. The Lady Vikings added eight more in the second, and then tallied one more in the top of the fourth.
The Lady Bears’ Kinley Tate reached to lead off the game for Mount Airy, but the only other baserunner that the home team had was a leadoff walk by Bailey Wilhout to start the second.
Mount Airy will visit Bishop McGuinness on Friday night.