North Surry routs Ashe County for 10th win in 11 games

By John Cate -

WEST JEFFERSON — Huskies can’t keep up with Greyhounds on a track, or on the baseball diamond. Of late, no one can keep up with the Hounds.

North Surry kept rolling on Thursday night’s road game at Ashe County, making the 62-mile bus ride to play the Huskies and battering them in a 14-4 mercy-rule victory.

The Hounds (12-5 overall) put up “crooked numbers” in four of the first five innings and ended up going home early when Ashe County could only score one run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The win was the 10th in 11 games for North Surry, most of them one-sided.

The visitors took the lead in their first swings of the evening. The Huskies recorded two quick outs, but then Mack Cooke and Nick Badgett swatted back-to-back singles to put the Hounds in business. With Clay Tompkins at the plate, North got its first run when the Ashe catcher threw the ball away on a pickoff try, and then Tompkins doubled to score Badgett and make it 2-0. A second Husky error, on a ball hit by Calvin Johnson, allowed Tompkins to score North’s third run of the game.

More bad defense by the home team helped the Hounds extend their lead in the second. Brett Johnson led off with a walk and then Kobe Slate was plunked with two out. An Ashe error brought Johnson home and allowed Ethan Oakley to reach. Cooke singled to drive in Slate. Oakley ended up scoring on another throwing miscue. Two more runs came in after three more Hounds, Tompkins, Blaike Watts and Brett Johnson, were also hit by errant Husky pitching.

Cooke singled in Oakley in the third to make it 9-0 in favor of North. Ashe County scored twice in the bottom of the third to get on the board, but the Hounds kept pouring it on, scoring five more runs in the top of the fourth to lead 14-2. Another hit batsman, a walk and a single loaded the bases, and Calvin Johnson scored on a wild pitch. Another error allowed Watts to score and it was 11-2. Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Oakley and Cooke led to two more runs, and the sixth Husky error of the night wrapped up the scoring for North.

Ashe County scored one in the last of the fourth and another in the fifth, and had two runners in scoring position when Chase Swartz got the third out and ended the game.

Cooke, who went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, was the only North Surry player with multiple hits. North got many of its baserunners from walks (six) and hit batsmen (five).

North Surry returns to action on Tuesday night at Atkins.

By John Cate