The Huskies scored three runs in the second inning, and strong pitching from Cameron Guyton helped Ashe hang on for a 3-2 victory at East Wilkes on Wednesday.
With two runners on and no outs, Alex Laws ripped a single into center. Matthew Hamilton and Jackson Sloan scored to put Ashe in front, 2-0. The inning continued when Evan Walker was hit by a pitch. The next pitch to Brandon Carpenter was a passed ball, allowing Laws to move to third and Walker to go to second. Carpenter then connected on a solid hit to right field, bringing Laws in from third to extend Ashe’s lead to three runs.
East Wilkes got on the scoreboard in the third inning with an RBI groundout from Will Smith that scored Levi Ray to make the score 3-1.
Ashe was held scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings by Cardinal pitcher Zach West after he took over in the second inning.
The Cardinals cut the Ashe lead to just one run when Zach Crabb smashed a single to the outfield that brought in Colby Holcomb.
After that, Guyton put the clamps down on the Cardinal offense, allowing just one baserunner in the final two innings to get his second victory of the season. The senior pitched all seven innings and allowed two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
Offensively, Laws led Ashe with two hits and two runs knocked in. Carpenter finished with one hit and one RBI, while Guyton, Jamie Weaver and Matthew Hamilton each added a hit.
Crabb had two of the Cardinals’ three hits.
Alleghany 5, Ashe 3
It looked like Ashe was going to win its second game in a row, but Alleghany had other ideas, rallying for a 5-3 win over the visiting Huskies.
The Huskies jumped out to a 3-0 lead for the second time in as many games. Senior Carson Knight singled to center to bring in leadoff hitter Laws who got on base after drawing a walk. Then fellow senior Guyton ripped a double to left that brought in Hamilton and Johnathon Barlow.
Things unraveled in the fourth inning where Alleghany scored all five of its runs and Ashe committed three errors. Starting pitcher Taylor Post drove in a pair of runs and then scored on an error two plays later. Unfortunately, the scoring was not over just yet. Hunter Allen drew a walk and Brandon Eubank reached on an error. Both Trojan players ended up scoring on yet another Ashe error, making the score 5-3.
Ashe got two runners on in the fifth and sixth innings but could not get any of them across home plate.
Guyton and Joe Richardson finished the game with a pair of hits to lead Ashe. Laws and Knight added one hit apiece.
Hamilton got the start for Ashe and pitched four innings and allowed five runs with just one of them being earned.
Post started and pitched a complete game for Alleghany. He gave up three runs on six hits with a game-high nine stirkeouts.
Ashe fell to 2-3 overall and 2-3 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
The Huskies travel to Elkin on Tuesday and will host North Wilkes on Friday.