A local nine and under baseball team is off to a fast start this summer.
The Ashe County Thunder captured second place in the Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament that was held on Boone last weekend.
The Thunder squad defeated Avery 7-4, and then defeated Equip 9 by a final score of 10-2 on Saturday to earn the number-one seed for bracket play that started on Sunday.
In the first game on Sunday, the Thunder faced an 8-4 deficit against Sandlot, a team from Wilkes County. The Thunder rallied in the bottom half of the sixth inning to secure a 9-8 victory to advance to the championship game.
The title game featured a battle between Equip 10 and the Thunder. Despite some tremendous defense that included turning a double play and a triple play in the game, the Thunder were shutout, 8-0.
“Each one of our kids grew as baseball players over the weekend,” said head coach Chris Taylor. “I was very pleased with our effort and enthusiasm all weekend.”
The team will continue competing during the summer, and was most recently in action on Saturday at a tournament in Independence, Va.