RONDA — Ashe County was able to get two runs in the fourth inning and hold off East Wilkes for a 2-1 victory and the team’s first Mountain Valley Athletic Conference victory of the young season on Tuesday night.
“All around it was a good day for us. We made no errors on defense and we hit the ball at key times,” said Ashe County head coach Mike Windish.
Senior Bradley Richie smashed a solo homer in the fourth inning to get things started. After that, Turtle Windish hit his second double of the evening and then Ben Brown hit a double of his own to bring in Windish to take a 2-0 lead.
East Wilkes got a run back in the bottom of the fifth, but yet another strong pitching performance from the Huskies kept the Cardinals from tying the score.
Windish pitched a complete game giving up just one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Windish helped his own cause at the plate, going a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles. Gabe Elliott and Grant Thompson also added a hit each during the contest.
The Huskies now sit at 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the MVAC.
“We’re only one game out of first place, it’s a tight conference this year and everybody has one or two losses already,” said Coach Windish. “Right now we probably have a team that realistically should have just one loss. The other games were close we just haven’t been able to push through that seventh inning.”
North Surry 3, Ashe 2
WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, but a run from North Surry in the eighth gave the Greyhounds a 3-2 win over the Huskies on Monday night.
Junior pitcher Pierce Cox kept Ashe in the game all night long with some stellar pitching, giving up just two runs in seven innings. Senior Garrett Miller took the loss in the eighth, surrendering the go-ahead run.
The Huskies collected 10 hits on the night with three of those coming from Windish. Windish also added an RBI. Joseph Lowder had a hit and scored twice. Miller, Elliott, Kendall Richardson, Brown, Nate Berry and Richie all had a hit.
Wilkes Central 4, Ashe 2
WILKESBORO — The Huskies closed out last week with another close loss, this one to rival Wilkes Central. The Eagles had a three-run fourth inning off of starter Joseph Lowder and held on for a 4-2 victory.
Lowder struck out 14 hitters in six innings while surrendering three earned runs on four hits.
For the Eagles, Evan Adams got the win, pitching all seven innings and giving up two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts.
Logan Whisnant had three hits and drove in two runs for the Eagles while Skylar Brooks and Bobby Black each added an RBI.
Windish scored a run and knocked in a run, Miller finished with two hits as did Richardson and Richie.
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