WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Huskies made quick work of East Wilkes on Friday, scoring eight runs in the first inning on the way to a 19-1 victory.
Ashe piled on 11 runs in the third inning and the game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Junior Pierce Cox got the win on the mound, pitching all five innings. Cox gave up just one run on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Offensively, the Huskies recorded 16 hits and all nine starters scored at least one run.
Senior first baseman Kendall Richardson had his best game of the year, going 4-for-4 at the dish with five RBIs and two runs scored. Fellow senior Joseph Lowder also had a big day at the plate with four hits in four plate appearances with three runs scored and an RBI.
Cox added two hits and a run scored, Turtle Windish had two hits and scored three times and Bradley Richie had a hit and scored three times. Tate Hudler, Garrett Miller and Gabe Elliott each added a hit. Hudler and Elliott scored twice and Miller scored once. Ben Brown reached base twice after being hit by a pitch and scored both times.
The Huskies are on the road for three games this week. Ashe goes to North Wilkes on Tuesday, Watauga on Wednesday and West Wilkes on Friday.
*As of April 17
1. Wilkes Central: 13-5, 8-2
2. Starmount: 8-8, 6-3
3. West Wilkes: 11-6, 6-4
4. Ashe County: 9-7, 6-4
5. Elkin: 11-7, 5-5
6. Alleghany: 6-8, 3-6
7. East Wilkes: 5-13, 3-7
8. North Wilkes: 5-13, 2-8
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87