DOBSON — The battle between West Stokes and Surry Central in softball is never an easy game for either squad and Tuesday night’s game was no different. The Lady Wildcats scored two runs in the sixth inning and held off the Golden Eagles 3-2 to secure the win in Dobson.
“We did some good things tonight and beat a very good Surry Central team,” said Wildcat coach Jordan Stevens. “Their record is deceiving because they have lost to some really good teams. They are a solid ball club. I thought our girls were fundamentally sound tonight. We executed bunts and played small ball when we needed to and then Tori (Tucker) got the hit to put us ahead. I love the fight our girls showed tonight.”
The Wildcats (11-1, 6-1 Western Piedmont Athletic Conference) started the scoring in the top of the first inning when leadoff hitter Hannah Woody reached on a single and Faye Lawson followed with a base hit of her own. With two outs, junior Allie Mendenhall roped a single to right field plating Woody for the 1-0 advantage.
Surry Central responded in the bottom half of its opening inning, tying the game when Megan Atkins drew a walk and scored on a two-out double by Taylor Coe.
Both teams stranded baserunners over the next four innings until Surry Central took a 2-1 edge in the fifth inning. Haley Newsome led off with a double, moved to third base, and then scored on a one-out grounder by Haily Robertson.
However, the lead was short-lived, as the Wildcats responded in their very next trip to the plate.
West’s Mackenzie Parker started the inning with a walk and then stole second. Allison Mabe sacrificed, moving Parker to third, and Mendenhall walked. Senior Rachel Delcamp performed a suicide squeeze to perfection, allowing Parker to score. Then Tori Tucker blasted a single up the middle, scoring Mendenhall from second base to give her team the lead back.
Central got two runners into scoring position in the bottom half of the inning, but failed to score. In the seventh, the Lady Eagles got a runner on via an error by the Lady Cats, but again couldn’t score.
Woody and Lawson led the Wildcats with two hits each, while Mendenhall, Delcamp, and Tucker each had an RBI. Coe was 2-for-3 and had a RBI for the Eagles. Mabe pitched a complete game giving up five hits, two earned runs with two walks and six strikeouts for West. Megan Atkins gave up three earned runs over seven innings on nine hits, two walks, and had four strikeouts.
Surry Central, which is 3-7 overall but 3-2 in conference play, hosts Elkin on Monday night.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.