DOBSON — Kain Kiser proved that the number 13 is anything but unlucky by throwing 10 strikeouts in East Surry’s 11-0 victory over Surry Central. Kiser nearly achieved a no-hitter, only allowing one hit in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Cardinals (12-1, 2-0) completed the season sweep of Central Thursday night. The first meeting between the two saw East prevail 9-3.
The Golden Eagles (5-8, 3-5) held off the Cards early, but pitching woes allowed East Surry to jump ahead. Central’s Ryan Martin began the game on the mound and earned a strikeout and fly out on the first two batters.
AJ Wilson had the first hit of the game for East Surry, a single to left field. Kiser joined him on base when an Eagle player dropped a fly ball.
Martin kept the plate clean by getting the next batter out at first before Wilson could score.
With Kiser on the mound, East Surry didn’t have to do much in the field. Kiser began the bottom of the first with a strikeout of Daniel Layne, and followed it up with a fly out and ground out to end the inning.
The Eagles’ luck at the plate didn’t get any better in the second inning. Kiser struck out the side to put East Surry back at-bat.
The Cardinals started the top of the third back at the top of the lineup. John Marion was walked to start the inning, and was joined on base by Garrett Willoughby following a double by the latter. The bases were loaded after Wilson was walked.
Kiser was at bat with no outs and bases loaded. He hammered the ball deep into right field and nearly hit a grand slam. Kiser’s hit ricocheted off the fence but allowed three Cardinals to score on the triple.
Kiser crossed the plate on a sacrifice from Cameron Whitaker, putting the Cardinals up 4-0.
East Surry nearly scored again in the inning when both Nick Shoffner and Colby Guy were walked and Trevor Hauser hit a single. However, Martin notched a strikeout to put his team back at the plate.
Mason Wood was the first Eagle on base when he was walked in the bottom of the third. He failed to make it past first, however, as Kiser delivered two strikeouts and forced a groundout.
Sy Kidd took the mound in the top of the fourth and forced two quick outs. Kidd then gave up a single to Wilson and an RBI double to Kiser.
Whitaker was up next and he hit a deep fly ball to left field. The ball was dropped, allowing Kiser to score and put the Cardinals up 6-0.
Dakota Sumner ended the Eagles’ hitless game with a single in the bottom of the fourth. Martin joined Sumner on base after being hit by a pitch. Two strikeouts by Kiser ended the inning before Sumner could advance any further.
East Surry began the top of the fifth with another pair of quick outs with only Eli Bullington on base. Bullington scored after an Eagle error in the outfield allowed Marion to go all the way to third.
Carter Graham became the third Central player to pitch in the game after Kidd hit Willoughby with a pitch. Graham walked his first batter, Wilson, and then had to face Kiser.
Kiser approached the plate once again with bases loaded and two outs. He continued to deliver by hitting a two-RBI double to put East Surry up 9-0. Wilson then crossed the plate after scoring on a wild pitch.
Whitaker added the final run of the evening with an RBI single that scored Kiser.
Central was down 11-0 in the bottom of the fifth and needed to get on base to keep the game alive. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the game ended after two strikeouts and a fly out.
East Surry looks to win its seventh straight game when they host North Wilkes (6-8, 4-4) on April 9. Surry Central will have six days to regroup before hosting conference leader Forbush (11-3, 6-0) on April 11.
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