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 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 their opening inning and knotted the game at one on a two out double by Taylor Coe that scored Megan Atkins after she walked.
Both teams stranded base runners over the next four innings until the home team took a 2-1 edge in the fifth stanza. Haley Newsome led the inning off with a double and then scored on a one out grounder by Haily Robertson.
West Stokes felt the sense of urgency into the sixth inning and plated two runs. Senior 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 tying the game at two. Freshman Tori Tucker blasted a single up the middle scoring Mendenhall from second base for the one run lead.
The Lady Cats held off the Eagles in the bottom of the sixth ending a threat with runners on second and third.
West overcame an error in the seventh inning, but set the Eagles down with no threat for the win.
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.
West Stokes improves to 11-1 on the season and 6-1 in the WPAC. Surry Central drops to 3-7 and 3-2. The Wildcats travel to county-rival South Stokes (1-8) on Thursday for a non-conference matchup starting at 6 p.m.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.