Stokes County Junior Legion Post 290 dropped their third consecutive game with a 12-5 loss to Walkertown on Thursday at West Stokes and will need to beat Pfafftown on Monday to have a chance of making the playoffs.
“We struggled a little on the mound with five walks and helped them with two errors in the field,” said head coach Thomas Newsome. “They were able to capitalize on those opportunities and got hits with runners in scoring position. We just simply got outplayed and I tip my hat to them.”
Walkertown plated two runs in the top of the second inning to take an early lead on the shorthanded Post 290 team. Stokes, who were missing four starters, bounced back in the bottom half of the stanza with four runs on one hit, an error, and three walks. Danny Kimel walked with one out and then moved to second on a wild pitch. Ethan Ball and Sy Kidd walked loading the bases for Jawkhlan Beasley. He grounded into a fielder’s choice pushing Kimel across for their first run. Pinch runner, Tristan Mason raced towards home plate on a wild pitch and then Evan Dorsett reached on an error scoring both Kidd and Beasley. AJ Moran singled and then Ryan Pegram hit a center field popup to close the inning for a 4-2 Post 290 advantage.
The home team’s lead was short lived when Walkertown regained the edge in the top of the third with four runs.
Walkertown put the game out of reach in the fifth inning when they plated six more runs and led 12-4.
Kimel collected one hit, three walks, a run, and a RBI for Post 290. Moran and Phillip Pollard each added a hit in the game. Pollard recorded the loss from the mound by giving up six earned runs, three walks, and five hits over 2.2 innings.
Stokes County drops to 7-9 this season, but is tied for first place with an overall record of 7-3 in league play. They need to win on Monday to have a chance at the playoffs again this season.
“We started off the season slow going 2-4 in our first six games,” said Newsome. “We won seven straight conference games to surge into first place and I’m very happy with the progress this group has made. Players from North Stokes, West Stokes, Surry Central, East Surry and Mount Airy are all contributing and they have come together as group.”
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.3