Nathan Ham email@example.com
March 24, 2014
Ashe County split its first two Mountain Valley Conference baseball games last week, losing to Alleghany but bouncing back to beat Elkin.
Alleghany 7, Ashe 1
Three fielding errors helped the Alleghany Trojans earn a win over Ashe County last Wednesday.
The Trojans got on the board with three runs in the first inning. Eric Lyons scored on an error on a dropped fly ball. Tyler Houck scored on a sacrifice fly from Austin Easter and Jake Hampton scored on a groundout by Matt McMillan.
Another error led to three more Trojan runs in the fourth inning. Taylor Post reached on an error by the Ashe center fielder that loaded the bases.
Hunter Allen lined a single to left that brought in two runs. Lyons hit a sacrifice fly to center two batters later to bring in the third run and put Alleghany ahead, 6-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, Alleghany’s seventh run came on a fielding error in right field that allowed McMillan to score.
Ashe got its lone run on an RBI single from senior Alex Laws in the top of the sixth inning.
Post got the win for Alleghany, pitching five innings of shutout baseball.
Thomas Sexton took the loss. He pitched four innings and allowed six runs (three earned) with four strikeouts. Joe Richardson pitched two innings out of the bullpen and gave up one run with three strikeouts.
Ashe 4, Elkin 1
The Huskies sent its top pitcher to the mound on Friday and got yet another win and a complete game from Joseph Lowder.
The sophomore pitched seven innings and gave up one run on two hits with seven strikeouts.
It was the Elks that struck first with an RBI single from Drew Shinkle in the third inning to go ahead, 1-0.
Ashe erupted for all four of its runs in the fourth inning.
Bradley Richie started things with a single and advanced to second on an error. Lowder laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Richie to third.
Laws walked and stole second base to put two runners in scoring position with just one out.
Hunter Barnes came through with a two-run double to right field to put Ashe in front.
Jackson Sloan ripped a single to right field that scored Barnes from second base.
On a double steal, Matthew Hamilton scampered home and Sloan swiped second base to push the Ashe lead to 4-1.
That was all that Lowder needed the rest of the way. Elkin did not get another hit in the final three innings.
The Huskies are 3-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
A pair of Husky hitters have gotten off to terrific starts this year, and currently rank in the top 15 among hitters in 2A with at least 12 plate appearances at this point of the season.
Laws leads all 2A hitters with a whopping .750 batting average. Richie is also hitting the ball well at a .562 clip, good enough for 15th best among all 2A players.
Ashe is scheduled to play two games this week. First up, Starmount makes the trip up the mountain on Tuesday before the Huskies head to Wilkes Central on Friday.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87