Surry Central’s softball team secured both games of the varsity-only doubleheader on Wednesday evening against Mount Airy, by scores of 14-1 and 12-2.
Rain could have threatened play just before the first pitch, but instead, never arrived and allowed both games, scheduled for five innings each, to play without interruption.
“We were afraid that we would not be able to get both games in, but the rain went right around us and I was happy about that. I was happy with our bats tonight too, because we are making good solid hard contact,” said Surry Central coach Whitney Joyner. “Being able to have solid contact going into another conference game on Friday is big for us. We had a little bit of confidence at the plate tonight, so that helps going into a powerhouse. I am proud of the girls for not only staying behind each other, but working for each out.”
In game one, Savanah Atkins drove in the first visiting run with her drive to the fence in centerfield that brought in Ema Coe. Claire Via’s hit just short of the green followed that early success and brought in Sadie Williams. Natalee Jones’ chopper rendered her out at first base, but was able to plate a run in the meantime. Surry Central tacked on one more run before retiring in the first inning with a 4-0 lead.
Mount Airy’s first two batters reached base by walk during their first trip to the plate in game one, but the Granite Bears could not bring them home. They remained scoreless in the first two innings of play on Tuesday night.
Surry Central added an additional seven runs in the second inning. Taylor Coe’s triple out to left-center field guided two of those runs home, plating Atkins and Jones. Similarly to the first inning, the first two Granite Bears of the second also reached base by walk, but a strikeout ended the inning while they again left two runners on base.
The third inning was the first scoreless inning for Surry Central of the night. Mount Airy’s defense only allowed one Golden Eagle to reach base. In he bottom half of the inning, Bailey Wilhoit’s pop to left field allowed her to collect two bases and in doing so drove in Kenzie Hodges with the first Mount Airy run. After three complete innings, the score was still in favor for the visitors, 11-1.
Taylor Coe was brought home from Ema Coe’s double to account for the first of three Surry Central runs in the fourth inning. The next double from the Golden Eagles was just as promising, as it drove in their second run of the fourth inning. Hope Hinson had Williams on third base and with a base hit, brought her home for the third and final run of the inning. At the completion of four innings, Surry Central led 14-1, and the score remained for the duration of the first game.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Central picked up where it left off in game one. To open up the first inning of play, Hinson retrieved two bases from placing the ball in a gap near centerfield to drive in the first run. Atkins followed with a two-run homer. Defensively, Atkins who had pitched in the first game, grabbed her gear and suited up behind the plate for game two, while Via replaced her on the mound. The Granite Bears placed two runners on base, Hodges and Kayla Hicks, in the first inning, but a groundout kept them there to conclude the first inning.
Surry Central logged another three runs in the second. The bases were loaded when Hinson stepped into the box and drove in the first of three runs with a line drive. Atkins then drove in Madeline Needham. The final run of the inning was a result of a Via double.
Surry Central opened up the third inning of play by adding another five runs to their 6-0 lead. Laken White crossed home on an Ema Coe chopper with the bases loaded. Williams found a gap in left-center that plated the next run. The Golden Eagles scored one more before Via picked a pitch to turn into a two-run home run. The score was 11-0 as the game went into the bottom of the inning. The third inning is the only inning of game two where Mount Airy scored. Hicks saw runners on first and second bases, hit a line drive out to centerfield, and with her triple, was able to place the Granite Bears on the scoreboard as she plated Kinley Tate and Hodges. At the conclusion of three innings, the Golden Eagles were still on top, by an 11-2 score.
The visitors left two runners stranded on base, and were held to a scoreless inning in the fourth. Likewise to Surry Central, Mount Airy also left two on base and posed no score. Surry Central plated one more run before the game finished, and with the final mark being 12-2, had its second victory of the evening.
Mount Airy hosts Atkins on Friday at 5 p.m. for a conference matchup, while Surry Central travels to Forbush at 6:30, also for league action.