South Stokes baseball team opened their 2018 season with two wins over North Forsyth 6-2 and 2-1, but lost to 4A Reagan on Friday 12-1 in Pfafftown.
“We had very clutch pitching against North Forsyth,” said Saura coach Shane Worth. “Our starters went out and pounded the strike zone and gave up very few walks giving us a chance at the wins. Reagan is an extremely solid team and they hit the ball well and put pressure on our pitchers. They took advantage of some free passes, as well as opportunities our defense gave them.”
Reagan held the Sauras scoreless in the top of the first and then tallied two runs in the bottom half. Leadoff hitter, CJ Boyd walked and Will Rice was hit by a pitch. Former Chestnut Grove Middle standout, Josh Hartle doubled bringing home Boyd for the 1-0 lead. Garrett Saylor grounded out to short allowing the second run to cross the plate.
The Raider offense plated 10 more runs over the next three innings, while the Sauras scored one in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Ricky Gonzales walked with two outs, stole second, and then came around and touched home on a RBI single by senior Logan Bray.
Sophomore Shemar Dalton and Bray added a hit each to lead the Sauras. Saylor was 1-for-2 with a run scored and three RBIs for Reagan. Adam McMillan took the loss on the mound by giving up five hits, four earned runs, and three walks in two innings pitched.
To open the season, the Sauras traveled to North Forsyth on March 2 and plated all six runs in the top of the third inning for the win. McMillian earned the win with four strikeouts, one walk, and no runs given up. Keylan Coe paced South with a double, a run, three walks, and three RBIs.
Five days later, South hosted the Vikings and won a close one run game. The Sauras tallied their two runs in the bottom of the first and then held the visitors off with solid pitching by freshman Wesley Buck. He completed fiving innings with no runs, five walks, and nine strikeouts. Dalton, Bray, and Cody Mullins added one hit each in the contest for the home team.
“For us to be successful this year, we have got to have good outings by Adam McMillian, Landon Parsons, Ricky Gonzales, and Wesley Buck,” Worth said. “We are going to have to put more runs on the board, as well as limiting the number of free passes and extra opportunities that we are giving the other teams.”
South is now 2-1, while the Raiders hold a 3-1 record and the Vikings 2-3. The Sauras will travel to Northwest 1A opponent Bishop McGuinness (1-3) on Tuesday for both teams first conference game.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.