RONDA — Two first-inning runs held up as East Wilkes eased past West Montgomery, 2-1, in the second round of the 1A West playoffs Friday night.
The Cardinals, now 23-3, advance to host a third-round game against North Stanly (18-3), a 5-2 winner over East Montgomery Friday.
Kennedy Lester went the distance on the mound for the Cardinals, allowing five hits, an earned run, walking five , and striking out 11. Lester also went 1-for-3 at the plate.
Also going 1-for-3 at the plate for the Cardinals were Brandi Parks, Ashley Wagoner, Adrian Pardue, and Brie Jarvis.
Zadaisha Young-Waddell took the loss, allowing five hits, one earned run, walking one and striking out three.
The Warriors, who end their season at 14-9, plated their only run in the fifth on a home run by Brynn Hinson.
The winner of the East Wilkes-North Stanly game will meet the winner of the Elkin-North Stokes game for the right move on to the state semifinals.
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WM: Zadaisha Young-Waddell and Bryanne Fish. EW: Kennedy Lester and Caitlin Macemore. 2B: Casey Dennis (WM). HR: Brynn Hinson (WM).