DOBSON — The Buckin’ Elks moved to 1-3 on the season Monday night with a 6-4 loss to Surry Central, earning its second loss against the Eagles this season.
Elkin scored two in the first inning with Chandler Daughenbaugh on the mound for the Eagles. The leadoff man scored on a wild pitch to get the Elks on the board, and a sac fly to first sent an Elkin man on third home to score the second run for the visitors. Elkin left a man stranded on second before Daughenbaugh got out of the jam.
With one out in the bottom half of the first, Ethan Danley sent a pop up right over Elkin’s second baseman and reached first. Michael Roberts worked a full count before popping out to center. Then Daughenbaugh hit a fly to the outfield and picked up the Eagles third out to close the first inning. The Golden Eagles left a runner at second.
Daughenbaugh walked the Elks’ leadoff man to open the second and then gave up a steal. However, the next batter hit a line drive to Surry Central’s Michael Roberts for the first out. With a runner at third, Daughenbaugh notched his second strikeout and then got out of the jam.
Central finally broke through in the bottom of the second. With one out, Jed Kidd, drove his second pitch out to left field and collected a double. Tyler Myers went to the dish battling with one out and a man on second. On a 3-1 count, he sent a ball to center field, and he collected a double. Myers’ RBI brought in Kidd to place the Golden Eagles on the scoreboard. Noah Wilmoth tied the game when he hit the third double of the inning to score Myers.
Elkin’s leadoff man, Hayden Brooks, opened the third with a line single, and moved to third on a double. Brooks scored on a Surry Central wild pitch, putting the Elks ahead 3-2 with no one out. However, Daughenbaugh sat down the next three batters he faced, and only gave up one run in the third.
Again Central answered in its half of the inning. With one out, Roberts reached first as he was hit by pitch and was followed by Daughenbaugh who also reached. With two down, Mason Wood stepped to the plate with two outs and a runner at first. Wood lined a single, and then Kidd’s next at bat helped another Golden Eagle cross reach home and the one-run lead for the home team. Myers picked up the final out in the third inning, but before heading back to the dugout, Wood scored on a passed ball that got by Elkin’s catcher. Surry Central took the lead, 4-3.
Myers went to the hill to relieve Daughenbaugh. He retired the first Elk he faced in the fourth inning, hit the second batter and then struck out the third. With two outs and a runner on first, Brooks punched his third strike and left a runner on first. The fourth for the home team was a quick three up, three down, leaving the score at 4-3.
Myers opened the Elkin fifth with back-to-back strikeouts. The third batter hit his third pitch out to center field and reached base. The next Elk drove the ball to left and brought in the game-tying run before Myers claimed the third out.
What Myers gave away in the top half of the inning, he took back and then some in the bottom.
Danley was deemed safe at first to get things going to Surry Central in the fifth, then stole second with one out. Daughenbaugh was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second for Wood. Wood reached first loaded the bases for Kidd. He made the second out, but Myers followed with two outs and the bases loaded, and smashed an extra-base hit to give the Eagles the lead back at 6-4.
The sixth inning with Elkin up to bat was an easy three up, three down outing for Myers, who struck out two of the three batters he faced. The third came from a pop out to center field. Central went down 1-2-3 in its half of the sixth as well.
Elkin’s leadoff man in the seventh inning reached first by walk. The number two man hit into a fielder’s choice, with Danley making the tag for the first out. The second out was much easier, a pop up to center field. Sean Schendel was called in to close for the home squad, and faced one batter as the game concluded with a runner out at second.