East Wilkes smacked out 13 hits and put Ashe in a big hole the team could never recover from on the way to a 10-4 victory in Ronda on Tuesday night.
Jake McCoy got the offense started with a two-run single in the second inning.
Ashe got one of those runs back in the top of the third. Thomas Sexton singled and then Matthew Hamilton singled to put two runners on base. Bradley Richie loaded the bases after reaching on an error, and with two outs, Alex Laws hit a roller to short stop that was booted away, allowing Sexton to come home from third base. Hunter Barnes flew out to center to end any further scoring chances.
The Cardinals batted around in the bottom of the third inning and brought in five runs to take a 7-1 lead. H.N. Patton brought in a pair of runs with a single to left, Zach West had an RBI triple, Andrew Elmoire added an RBI single and Levi Ray capped the inning off with a run-scoring hit to left.
Ashe got its second run of the night in the fifth inning, once again thanks to some Cardinal fielding blunders.
Hamilton and Richie both reached on errors and Barnes was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Joe Richardson hit a grounder to second that was misplayed, allowing Hamilton to score easily. However, Ashe left the bases loaded for the second time in the game, this time with Joseph Lowder popping out in foul territory.
The Huskies continued to chip away at the deficit, getting an RBI single from Richie that scored Carter Calhoun from second base. Calhoun doubled earlier in the frame. With two on and two out, Laws smashed a line drive to right field but unfortunately right at Cardinals’ right fielder Elmoire to end the inning.
East Wilkes got three runs back in the bottom of the sixth. Ray scored on an error and Chandler Bare knocked in two runs with a single to center, putting East ahead, 10-3.
Ashe started things off in the final inning with a single from Barnes and a groundout from Richardson that moved Barnes to second. Lowder slapped a single to left to bring in Barnes.
After Sexton reached on a fielder’s choice, Zachary May singled and Calhoun walked to load the bases. Unfortunately, Ashe left them loaded for the third time as Hamilton struck out to end the game.
Sexton finished 2-4 with a run scored. Hamilton, Barnes and Calhoun each added a hit and a run scored. Richie, Lowder and May recorded the other three hits.
On the mound, West captured the win, pitching six innings and allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Jamie Weaver started for Ashe and surrendered seven runs (three earned) in two and two-thirds innings. The senior allowed nine hits and walked two batters with one strikeout.
Richardson pitched three and a third innings in relief and allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
Ashe is now 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
The Huskies are scheduled to return to the diamond on Friday at home against North Wilkes.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87