The Buckin’ Elks baseball team struggled to find its groove in a 5-1 loss to West Iredell on Wednesday night. The Elks went through four pitchers in seven innings before falling to the Warriors, 5-1.
The Elks started the night off with pitcher Cory Wiles, who pitched for one and a half innings. Wiles earned one strike-out in the top of the first inning, and relied on his defense for the rest of the first and second innings.
In the middle of the second, third, and fifth innings, three more Elkin pitchers were brought in to try and turn things around. By the end of the third inning, Iredell had a 3-0 lead over the Buckin’ Elks.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Buckin’ Elks have Matthew Martir-Tullock to thank for his quick catcher’s mentality. Tullock picked off two Iredell runners who were trying to steal bases. Tullock threw out one player as he was trying to make his way back to first, and he threw out another player who was trying to make his way to second base. Tullock’s smart thinking kept the Elks from going down by even more runs.
Elkin came up with a lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning while West Iredell scored in the fifth and seventh innings to take a 5-1 win over the Elks.
The Buckin’ Elks move to 1-4 overall. Elkin’s next game will be March 14 at home against Alleghany.