RONDA — Blake Cheek had four hits and pitched into the sixth inning to lead Starmount to a 14-6 win over East Wilkes Wednesday night.
Cheek doubled and drove in three runs, while teammates Caleb West, Garrett Stokes, and Cody Whitaker each had two hits as the Rams had 18 hits. Sawyer Davis hit a two-run homer for the Rams in the sixth.
Cheek went 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits, four earned runs, walking three, and striking out three. Starmount Coach Josh Pardue was pleased with Cheek’s outing. “He was getting ahead in the count and he let his defense play behind him.”
Starmount took a 6-0 first-inning lead before East Wilkes cut it to 6-3. “They’ve done a great job keeping their composure,” Pardue said. “We’ve had a rough non-conference schedule.”
Starmount is now 6-9 and 4-3 in the conference. East Wilkes falls to 4-10 and 2-5. The Rams are North Wilkes tonight and in Mount Airy to face Walkertown Saturday. East Wilkes hosts Wilkes Central tonight and faces East Surry in Mount Airy Saturday.
East Wilkes avoided the 10-run rule in the sixth inning when Zach Crabb’s three-run homer to center cut the Starmount lead to eight.
Wilkes Central 6, East Wilkes 3: In Ronda, the Eagles defeated the Cardinals.
“Considering we lost 9-0 the first time (to Wilkes Central), it was a step up for us,” East Wilkes Coach Aaron Simmons said. “We lead all three doubles matches at one point. (The Cardinals were down 4-2 after the singles competition.) I can’t tell you I’m disappointed.
“I’m thrilled with the improvement. There’s some maturity there.”
Simmons said Dillon Shew at No. 1 “got a big win of us in three sets. Stone (Bauguess) put himself in a position to win with a guy he lost 1 and 0 last time. He didn’t lose it; the other kid just hit a big ball in the tiebreaker.”
Simmons was also happy with his all-freshmen No. 2 doubles team, Landon Osborne and Kyle Rhodes. “A big win against a really good Wilkes Central team,” he said, adding his No. 3 doubles team, Jeffrey Haynes and Joah Logan “lost a heartbreaker.”
East Wilkes is now 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the conference.
Singles — No. 1: Dillon Shew (EW) def. Parker Jordan 1-6, 6-2, 10-2; No. 2: Kevin Reynolds (WC) def. Matthew Philley 6-3, 6-1; No. 3: Landon Osborne (EW) def. Krishna Tiwary 6-3, 6-1; No. 4: Daniel Shinaman (WC) def. Jeffrey Haynes 6-2, 6-1; No. 5: Jackson Smith (WC) def. Kyle Rhodes 6-1, 6-4; No. 6: Hunter Jordan (WC) def. Stone Bauguess 2-6, 7-6, 10-3.
Doubles — No. 1: PJordan-Reynolds (WC) def. Shew-Philley 8-6; No. 2: Osborne-Rhodes (EW) def. Tiwary-HJordan 8-5; No. 3: Josh VaNoy-Jake McFarland (WC) def. Hayne-Joah Logan 9-8.
Elkin 16, North Wilkes 0: In Hays, Cayley Shoemaker, Kaitlyn Faw and Reagan Parks each had two hits as the Lady Elks defeated the Vikings.
Parks and Bethany Turner each drove in three runs, while Rebekah Cranford drove in two for Elkin.
Shoemaker allowed two hits in picking up the shutout.
The Lady Elks broke the game open with an 11-run sixth.
East Surry 3, Elkin 1: In Elkin, Amber Lawson had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run as East Surry won a non-conference game at Crater Park.
East Surry improves to 10-3. Elkin falls to 9-4.
Elkin 1, East Surry 0: In Elkin, Makayla Dimmette scored the game’s only goal as the Lady Elks improved to 7-1-2 with a win over the Cardinals.