Cory Roten started the game and pitched strong for the first two innings as both teams were scoreless. The Vikings cracked the scoreboard in a big way in the third with four runs with runs coming from an RBI double and a 2-run single. The Huskies got one of those runs back in the bottom of the third when Matthew Sexton connected on an RBI single making the score 4-1.
Both teams scored a run each in the fourth inning. North Wilkes got its run from an RBI single, while the Huskies got its second run of the night with a solo homerun from senior Evan Gray.
North Wilkes scored two more runs in the top of the fifth with two RBI singles, seeming to push the game out of reach.
Ashe got an RBI single from Aaron Scott and another RBI single from Sexton to cut he lead to 7-4 in the final inning. With the tying run on deck and two runners on base, third baseman David Dalessandro hit a grounder to third that played nicely and thrown to first for the final out. The Vikings redeemed its earlier home loss to Ashe by returning the favor and winning on the Huskies’ home field.
“I am proud of the seniors that contributed to our baseball program. I thought that our kids played hard, but the breaks did not go our way,” said head coach Ronnie Pruitt.
Roten nearly pitched a complete game in his final home game, going 6.1 innings, and allowing seven earned runs on eight hits. Gray also pitched in his final home game, recording the final two outs in the seventh without allowing a base runner. The rest of the seniors include Scott, Dalessandro, Dalton Lewis, Greyson Wells, Steven Hare, and Nathan Cox.
With the regular season now over, the Huskies will turn its attention to the Mountain Valley Conference Tournament. The tournament will begin on May 7 and last through May 10 at Forbush High School. The Huskies’ opponent has yet to be determined.