The Ashe County Huskies fell to 1-1 on the season with a 10-0 loss at West Caldwell on Tuesday.
Joe Richardson got the start on the mound and was roughed up for seven runs (four earned) in one and a third innings pitched. Richardson walked three and struck out two.
Jamie Weaver pitched in relief and gave up three runs (one earned) in three innings.
For West Caldwell, Madison Cook pitched a complete game shutout and gave up just two hits and one walk in five innings. Cook struck out for Ashe hitters.
Offensively, Chase Bowman and Tre Harper did most of the damage for the Warriors. Bowman blasted a three-run homer and Harper had two hits and two runs knocked in.
Bradley Richie and Joseph Lowder got Ashe’s two hits. Alex Laws drew the lone walk from Cook.
Up next, the Huskies will travel to North Surry for another non-conference game on Friday, weather permitting.
Men’s tennis opened the season with a 7-0 loss at East Wilkes on Tuesday.
Ashe returns just two players from last year’s team, and has had to deal with some harsh winter conditions to even get some time on the court. Facing East Wilkes, one of the expected front runners in the league, made it even more challenging for the Huskies in the team’s first match.
“This was good experience and even though they lost, they were winners in other ways,” said Ashe Head Coach Larry Dix. “They worked hard and played with heart.”
Coach Dix feels like the bad weather has been a challenge, but he is also excited to build this year’s team full of young players and several first-year tennis players.
Ashe’s top seed Alex Church returned after taking last year off but was defeated by Dillon Shew in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Second and third seeded players Jacob O’Neal and Andrew Shepherd are the lone returning players from last year’s squad.
O’Neal lost tiebreakers in both sets to Matthew Philley to fall 7-6, 7-6. Jeffrey Haynes defeated Shepherd, 6-4, 6-3.
The fourth, fifth and sixth seeded players all played their first career tennis matches.
Caleb Adcock, Dakin Christoferson and Frank Ledezma all lost in straight sets.
Nick Lanfranchi, Alexis Ramos and Justin Hertzell each dropped exhibition matches as well.
“I think as the season goes along and with more court time, the team will grow and develop if they continue to work hard,” said Dix. “We will need to work on consistency, ground strokes, net play and court position.”
The Lady Husky soccer team has gotten off to a slow start early in the 2014 season.
Ashe traveled to Hibriten and was shut out, 2-0. Up next, the ladies traveled to Surry Central and fell short once again, this time by a 3-2 margin.
The Lady Huskies (0-2) will look to get back on track against Mitchell County this week before heading to Alexander Central on Monday for the fourth non-conference match.
Ashe will start the conference slate at Alleghany on Tuesday, March 18.