BOONVILLE — The Starmount Rams jumped out to a 7-1 lead on the way to an 8-3 victory to give Ashe County its first loss of the 2016 season.
“I thought we played okay. Out of 28 innings this year it just so happened we had back-to-back innings that were our worst,” said Ashe County head coach Mike Windish. “Take away those two innings and we outscored them.”
Starmount got six quality innings on the mound from sophomore starter Patrick Usher. He gave up two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts to get the win.
For Ashe, Pierce Cox pitched a complete game, surrendering eight runs, three of them earned, on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout.
“Pierce lasted six innings and only had one walk, but it was in that third inning to the leadoff batter and it didn’t get any better after that,” said Windish. “Overall though, Pierce pitched a good game. We kicked the ball around a little bit defensively during the third and fourth inning, only three of the eight runs were earned.”
Houston Nicks and Curtis Craft each had two hits and scored twice for the Rams. Usher, Peyton Mullins and Braedon Macemore each knocked in two runs apiece to lead the Starmount offensive attack.
Gabe Elliott went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs. Turtle Windish added two hits, two stolen bases and scored twice, Joseph Lowder had two hits, Kendall Richardson had a hit and an RBI, Cox had a hit and scored once and Ben Brown tallied Ashe’s final hit of the evening. Garrett Miller added a stolen base as well.
“We had a good day offensively. We had some base runners in the game, we just couldn’t capitalize on back-to-back base hits when we needed them,” said Windish.
The Huskies dropped to 3-1 on the season and 0-1 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. Starmount is 2-3 overall and 1-0 in MVAC play.
Ashe will look to rebound when it wraps up play this week at North Surry (5-1) and at Wilkes Central (3-2).
“I feel like we’ll bounce back and we’ll give North Surry a pretty good game Thursday and give Wilkes Central a pretty good game on Friday,” said Coach Windish.
*As of March 15
1. Alleghany: 4-2, 1-0
2. East Wilkes: 3-3, 1-0
3. Starmount: 2-3, 1-0
4. Elkin: 5-1, 1-1
5. West Wilkes: 4-2, 1-1
6. Ashe County: 3-1, 0-1
7. Wilkes Central: 3-2, 0-1
8. North Wilkes: 2-4, 0-1
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87