South Stokes rolled through the second round of the 1A state playoffs with a 11-0 victory over North Rowan at South Stokes High School on Tuesday night. The Sauras’ consistent hits mixed with Brandon Ashburn’s stellar pitching helped the team get the shutout win in the second round.
Sauras Coach Mitch Adams said that his team “stayed back and drove the ball” and were “aggressive” on the base paths through the evening.
“We hit the ball hard and made plays,” he said. “Anytime you can string some hits together, you can score some runs.”
Ashburn had seven strikeouts over five innings - and that’s all it took to put North Rowan on the bus back home.
The Sauras got off to a good start at the bottom of the first inning, when Ross Jackson hit a double to left field, which brought in Tyler Hawks and Jonathan Montgomery, who was running for Jamison Nagle.
The second inning was short for both teams and neither side scored a run.
At the bottom of the third inning, the Sauras really began to string together some nice hits to put some distance between them and their rivals.
A double by Jacob Woods brought in Jackson. Charles Finney hit a single to bring in Will Kiser. Then, on the next play fleet-footed Finney stole second base. Mitchell Edwards had a perfect bunt that stopped out in front of home plate, which brought in Woods. Ashburn got a single, that pulled in Finney. A little later, Edwards stole home on a wild pitch. Taken together, these plays put the team out to a nice 7-0 lead.
Nagle kicked off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer to put the team up 8-0. Before the fourth was over, the Sauras picked up another three runs, as they cruised to an 11-0 win for the evening.
South Stokes will face off against the winner of the West Montgomery v. East Surry contest - probably on Thursday night at 7 p.m.