Tuesday night on the Hounds’ home field, North Surry defeated Surry Central by a 5-2 decision during the first round of the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference softball tournament.
North Surry held the visiting Golden Eagles scoreless throughout the first four innings of play.
In the first inning, Surry Central left two on base and failed to score, whereas the home squad tallied the game’s first three runs. Cidney Fulk sent a fly out to centerfield for a base hit to ignite the Hounds’ offense. Evann Shellnut followed with a base hit of her own, setting up runners on first and second base for pitcher Drew Beamer. Beamer’s infield chopper loaded the bases with no out for Makara Woodbury.
On a 1-2 count, Woodbury’s single to center field scored the first of three Greyhound runs in the first inning, plating Fulk. Cora Stanley also stepped into the box with the bases loaded and with what looked like an accidental bunt, seemed to be productive as she drove in not one, but two Greyhounds with her single. North Surry’s three runs in the first all happened before the first out was recorded. Surry Central regrouped and limited the damage to only three runs, as three ground-outs at first base ended the inning.
Surry Central left Haily Robertson on first during its second opportunity at the plate, and was held scoreless again.
The Hounds produced again in the second inning. Fulk walked and later scored after Shellnut sent her first pitch of the inning to right-center field for a hit, and the Hounds led 4-0 going to the third inning.
In the third, Beamer struck out two of the three batters she faced and did not allow a visitor to reach base. North Surry was also held scoreless in the third, which was its first scoreless inning on the night.
In the top of the fourth, Sadie Williams got on base with two out, but a ground out at first left her stranded. Meanwhile, the Hounds added their fifth and final run on the night, when Woodbury’s infield single allowed Shellnut to score in the bottom half of the inning.
North Surry’s scoring offense may have stopped when the fourth concluded, but Surry Central started theirs when the fifth inning opened. Savanah Atkins sent a pitch out to center field, and even though it was short of the fence, still allowed Ema Coe to register the first Surry Central run. The second Golden Eagle run originated with Hope Hinson’s next at bat, but North Surry stopped the rally after that and the visitors still trailed 5-2.
The 5-2 mark remained the score throughout the next two innings and the Hounds advanced to the second round.
North Surry (10-11 overall) will travel to South Stokes today for a 5 p.m. matchup with Forbush.