KERNERSVILLE — Expect to see plenty of red on the baseball field at Pilot Mountain on Tuesday night.
East Surry’s sixth-ranked baseball team took care of business against Bishop McGuinness on Thursday, dispatching the Villains 11-3 to set up a first-place showdown with defending Northwest 1A Conference champion Walkertown next week.
The Cardinals (9-2, 4-0 NW1A) never trailed, jumping on Bishop for four quick runs before the Villains were even able to swing the bats for the first time. The hosts took advantage of a couple of defensive miscues to get back into the game in the third, but East Surry’s A.J. Wilson rectified that with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth. The Cardinals cruised from there.
“We played pretty well, except that one inning where we had a couple of errors and let in three unearned runs,” said East Surry coach Chad Freeman. “We’re swinging the bats better, after we hadn’t done that as well in our past few games.”
The Cardinals added a second run in the top of the second inning to lead 5-0, but handed Bishop three runs in the home half of the third, thanks to the errors. Wilson’s homer restored order at 7-3, and East Surry bashed out four more runs in the sixth to break the game open.
Cameron Whitaker started the game for the Cards, and worked six innings with no earned runs allowed to claim the win.
Wilson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, the homer, and four RBI to lead the East Surry attack. Tyler Chilton went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and Colby Guy was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
The win sets up a showdown with Walkertown (7-3, 3-0), currently ranked seventh in the state’s 1A ranks by MaxPreps.com, for first place in the conference on Tuesday night.