This was a busy week for spring sports teams, and a couple of teams moved their games up to avoid forecast rain which never made it to the area at a time to threaten games.
Starmount Rams (10) vs. North Stokes (1)
The Starmount Rams rebounded from their first loss of the season in a big way on Friday evening in Boonville. The Lady Rams defeated the visiting North Stokes Lady Vikings by a score of 10-1.
Coach Dale Draughn thought his whole team executed, and played excellent. The Rams got on the board with 37:08 remaining in the first half when Clair Maske scored unassisted for the Rams. This opened the floodgates for the Rams and they didn’t waste any time as they were back at it two minutes later, when Diana Flores scored the first of her four goals of the night off the assist of Maggie Freed. Sierra Casstevens also scored two goals, and Maggie Freed assisted them both.
The Vikings would earn a goal after miscommunication in the Rams’ back line took place. Giving up a goal didn’t stop the Rams, as Amber Hurst scored her first goal of the season off the assist of Flores. The Rams finished the half with a lead of 7-1 when Isabel Najera scored off the assist of Hurst.
The Rams scored three goals in the second half; one from Flores off the assist of Freed, one from Maske off the assist of Stephanie Brown and the final goal of the night off the foot of Sierra Casstevens from the feed of Freed.
“We played a solid first half in our loss to West Stokes, but they had too many weapons and were solid at each position,” Draughn stated in an email on Friday night. “What I take away the most from tonight’s game is we had eight assists on our 10 goals tonight and we are sharing the ball in place to score goals and we are finishing this year where last season we would put the ball on frame but not finish consistently.”
The win improves the Rams over-all record to 3-1 this season. They return to action on Tuesday when they travel to in-county rival Forbush.
Elkin (10) vs. West Iredell (5)
Elkin High School defeated West Iredell 10-5 Wednesday night in Elkin in a non-conference game. According to information provided by Coach Nick Tomlin, Jackson Carter got the win on the mound going six innings giving up five runs, four earned. Eli Brown pitched the final frame for the save. Leading hitters for the Elks were Cory Wiles, with three doubles and two RBIs, Jacob Burchette with two hits and two RBIs, Hayden Brooks and Will Altemueller with two hits each. Eli Brown went 1 for 2, with a three RBI double and two walks. Matthieu Martir-Tullock also had a double for the Elks. The win pushed the Elks to a 4-0 overall record.
Elkin (6) vs. West Wilkes (0)
Elkin defeated West Wilkes Thursday night 6-0, behind a no-hitter by winning pitcher, Will Altemueller, reported Tomlin. Altemueller went the distance allowing no hits while striking out 13 and walking one batter. Leading hitters for the Elks included Hayden Brooks, Matthieu Martir-Tullock, Eli Brown, Tanner Edwards, Altemueller and Hardin Walker each with one hit. Edwards, Cory Wiles and Jackson Carter provided an RBI each. The Buckin Elks now stand 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
Forbush (10) vs. Walkertown (0)
The Forbush Falcons were on fire Wednesday night, as they took on the Walkertown Wolfpack in a dominating 10-0 performance. The Falcons are no strangers to winning big this season; they have dominated their last three games with huge wins. They outplayed Starmount to a 14-0 win, beat Davie 7-1, and outlasted East Wilkes 9-3. Wednesday night’s game added to the already impressive list of wins for the Falcons.
“So many people contributed to tonight’s win,” Coach Jeremy Helton said. “Our pitchers did a great job; Sydney Miller and Kelsey Swaim. Swaim hasn’t had time in the circle this season, and she did a great job.”
The Falcons got off to an early lead in the first inning with Allison Mitchell, Kelsey Swaim, Taylor Wooten, and Logan Wood all scoring. Swaim showed up big for her first at bat for the night; Swaim was on a one and one count when she drove the ball over the center fielders head to earn a triple. The next three innings saw the Falcons bring in four more runs to make the score 8-0 at the bottom of the fourth.
Helton was pleased with the whole performance of his team, but he noted that in the long run there are still a few minor improvements that need to be made. “Overall we had some minor mistakes with cuts and relays which are to be expected since it’s still early in the season,” Helton said. “We need to work on the defense for slappers and bunters; we have to see what defensive tactics are going to fit our players the best throughout the season.”
Offensively the Falcons were able to hit the ball fairly well, while defensively the Falcons seemed to be unstoppable. In the top of the fifth inning with two outs on the board, Falcons left fielder Brooke Hardy made a great play to keep Walkertown from putting numbers on the board. Hardy was in her position in left field when the ball was hit in-between left field and center. Hardy didn’t waste anytime as she ran towards the ball and made a diving catch that put the fans on their feet.
The bottom of the fifth inning was much of the same for the Falcons offense. Lexie Wingler led off the inning with a hit to left field that earned her a double, while Heather Hatcher earned a single, and Jenna Moran earned a walk. With the bases loaded for the Falcons and only two runs needed to win the game, Marissa Lineberry stepped up to the plate with a look of determination on her face. After running up a one and one count, Lineberry produced a spectacular hit to left field that drove in the final two runs for the Falcons making the score 10-0.
“The one thing I like to challenge my players to do is approach each game like a championship game,” Helton stated. “I think all of the players came out with that mentality tonight. It was a great game.”
Kristian Russell may be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @Kristian_16.