Rams battle past East Wilkes

Matthew GorrySports Writer

March 28, 2013

BOONVILLE - The Rams “finally put one together” Monday night against an up-start East Wilkes club.

Starmount battled back from an early deficit to topple the Cardinals 8-3 to notch its second Mountain Valley Conference victory of the year.

“We pitched well, we hit well and we ran the bases well. We just executed and did like we were supposed to for a change,” Starmount head coach Mike McCann said. “All of our games have been by two or three runs, so we’ve been right there. We knew we needed some breaks, and tonight, we got some.”

On a frigid night with a steady wind, East Wilkes jumped ahead in the top of the third.

Former Ram Will Smith smacked a two-RBI single to give his new club a 2-0 advantage on the road.

But Starmount responded in a big way.

Luke Shore, Tanner Mathis and Ben Combs loaded the bases in the home-half of the inning before Zack Worley smacked a two-run double over the head of the right-fielder to knot the game.

Caleb West followed with a single to center to plate two more as Starmount grabbed a 4-2 advantage.

After Mathis was intentionally walked for the second straight plate appearance in the fourth, Worley made the Cardinals pay again. The senior blooped a single to right to give the Rams a 6-2 cushion.

Starmount tacked on an insurance run in the fifth on Mathis bases-loaded walk and a Samuel Stone sac fly in the sixth to cruise to the 8-3 victory and halt a five-game losing streak.

“We’ve been working hard,” McCann explained. “The kids haven’t been hanging their heads. We know we are a decent ball club, but the record just doesn’t show it. We just had to put a whole game together and they did it.”

With the win, the Rams improved to 2-8 on the year and 2-5 in league play. East Wilkes dropped to 3-4 in the MVAC.

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