Wilkes Central tallied 10 runs in the first inning on the way to a big 22-9 victory over Ashe County in the Huskies’ home opener.
The Eagles scored six runs before Ashe recorded the first out of the game. The first two runs for Central scored on errors. Jacob McIntyre drove in a run with a single. Darrin Hague drove in another run with a double, then Will Cornette brought in a pair of runs with a single to center to make the score 6-0.
The offensive output continud with a two-run single by Brandon Pruitt and a two-run double by Austin Staley. Ashe finally stopped the bleeding by getting McIntyre to fly out in foul territory.
Central scored three more in the top of the second inning. Pruitt singled to center to knock in Caleb Turner and Jonathon Cook had a two-run single that put the Eagles ahead 13-0.
The Huskies got three runs back in the bottom half of the inning. Jackson Sloan drew a bases loaded walk that scored Cameron Guyton. Joe Richardson scored on a wild pitch in the dirt to score the second run, and then Matthew Hamilton brought in Brandon Carpenter with a fielder’s choice groundout.
Wilkes Central was able to get a pair of runs in the third inning after two Ashe County errors put runners on base for a run scoring hit by Cornette. Central was now ahead 15-3.
In the fourth inning, the Eagles were back to scoring once again with Cole Susi crossing home plate on a wild pitch and Pruitt scoring on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Ashe would not give up just yet as they added three runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Sloan scored on a sacrifice fly by catcher Carson Knight, then Alex Laws scampered home on a wild pitch. The final run of the inning was an RBI single from Jonathan Barlow.
The Eagles piled on five more runs in the fifth inning with two runs scoring on walks, an RBI single from Pruitt, another run-scoring hit for Cornette and an RBI single to center for Hague.
Knight drove in two more Ashe runs in the bottom of the fifth and Carpenter scored his second run of the day on a fielder’s choice. Central would eventually get the final out of the fifth to end the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Huskies are now 3-6 overall and 3-6 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
In junior varsity action, the two teams played a pair of five inning games to make up for the early season cancelation. The Eagles came away with wins in both contests. Game one was a 5-0 Central win followed by a 6-2 triumph in game two.