RONDA — The Elkin baseball team took on East Wilkes on Tuesday night in Ronda. It was the second match-up between these two teams this season. After it lost the first game 8-4, East Wilkes was looking to get a win over Elkin.
East Wilkes jumped on the board early as Bryce Vestal hit a triple then stole home to start off the bottom of the first inning and give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. In the top of the second, Elkin’s Jacob Burchette came close to scoring but came up short as he was thrown out before he could cross the plate. The bottom of the second wasn’t any better for East Wilkes, as Elkin’s pitcher Will Altemueller struck out all three batters.
During the top of the third, Elkin came close to tying the game as Tanner Edwards smashed the ball towards the center field fence, but Alec Anderson caught the ball just as it was making its way over the fence. Anderson’s catch helped keep the score 1-0 in East Wilkes favor.
East Wilkes was able to keep Elkin scoreless until the fourth inning. Cory Wiles started the inning off with a double, then made his way home off of Altemueller’s hit to center field to tie the game 1-1. For two innings, both teams kept up their defensive tactics, but it was Will Altemueller who made the difference for Elkin. He retired six East Wilkes batters in the fourth and fifth innings, tallying 15 strike-outs for the night.
East Wilkes was able to get a run back in the bottom of the sixth, but the glory was short lived as once again Altemueller made the difference. The Elks tied the game 2-2 as the ball passed between short stop and first. With two runners on base and the game tied, Altemueller stepped up to the plate and smashed the ball into right field which scored Tanner Edwards and Jacob Burchette, and gave Elkin a 4-2 lead. With two outs East Wilkes was able to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Grant Bare couldn’t find his groove as he struck out to end the game.
With the win, Elkin moves to 12-7 overall and 6-5 in the MVAC. While East Wilkes falls to 5-15 overall, and 3-8 in the MVAC.
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.