In Ronda, Zach West raced home with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as East Wilkes downed visiting North Stokes, 2-1, Monday.
With the scored tied 1-1, West doubled to start the inning with a double. Chandler Bare walked and H.N. Patten bunted them over to second and third. With one out, Zach Crabb was intentionally walked to load the bases.
After Levi Ray struck out, Jack McCoy grounded to third, but the throw to first was errant and the Cardinals had their first win of the season.
“You put it in play, good things can happen,” East Wilkes Coach Todd Welborn said.
Welborn said West “pitched a really good ballgame.” West went 5.1 innings before giving way to Crabb with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth. North Stokes failed to make contact on a suicide squeeze play and Crabb struck out the next batter to end the inning.
“We’re in ballgames,” Welborn said. “We just got to make the routine plays.
“We got the first [win]. Now we can build on it.”
East Wilkes, now 1-3, is at North Surry today, weather permitting. They’ll host Walkertown Friday with the JV game starting at 4:30. They’ll be at Walkertown Saturday with the JV game starting at 1.
North Stokes is now 0-4.
Tuesday, March 4
In Elkin, Elkin defeated Wilkes Central, 6-3. In No. 1 singles, Ryan Schell, Elkin def Parker Jordan, Wilkes Central, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2, David Bullin, Elkin, def Kevin Reynolds WC, 6-0, 6-2; No. 3, Chad Vestal, Elkin, def Krishna Tirvarai, WC, 6-2, 6-4; No. 4, Jacob Lyon, Elkin def Daniel Shinaman, WC 6-0, 6-4; No. 5, Jackson Smith, WC def Matthew Schumak, Elkin 1-6, 7-5, 11-9; and No. 6, Hunter Jordan, WC def Reed Turner, Elkin 6-3, 7-6 (1). In No. 1 doubles, Shell/Bullin, E def P. Jordan/Reynolds, WC 8-1; No. 2, Vestal/Lyon, E def Shinaman/Smith, WC, 8-5; and No. 3, Tirvari/H. Jordan WC, def Schumak/ Jarrett Peterson E, 8-3.
Elkin record is now 1-0.
In East Bend, Forbush scored twice in the fifth to defeat Wilkes Central , 2-1.
Mason Doub pitched five scoreless innings and Brad Dzeskewicz earned the two-inning save.
Carson Fulp went 2-for-3 and Barrett Hennings drove in a run to lead the Falcons at the plate.
Wilkes Central falls to 2-1. Forbush, 3-0, was at Starmout Tuesday. They’ll return home next Tuesday to host Salisbury.
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WC: Austin Staley, Jacob McIntyre (5) and Evan Adams. F: Mason Doub, Brad Dzeskewicz (6) and Neil Hutchens. 2B — Staley (WC). Records: Wilkes Central 2-1, Forbush 3-0.
In East Bend, Forbush improved to 2-0 with a 2-1 win over Reagan.
Taylor Wooten had an RBI double for the Falcons. Sydney Miller went the distance on the mound.
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R: Kellie Doran, Lindsey Hoots (5), Brianna Chambers (6) and Jessica MacWilliams. F: Sydney Miller and Marissa Lineberry. 2B — Jessica Cummings (R); Taylor Wooten, Miller (F).
Track and Field
In Danbury, North Stokes won both the women’s and men’s side of the meet in a three-team meet with Wilkes Central and East Wilkes.
Wilkes Central was second on both sides, while East Wilkes was third.
Event winners for East Wilkes were Jathan Sales in the 200 meters; Sales in the 110-meter hurdles; Olivia Bullard in the 400; and Taylor Tharpe in the 1600.