Carroll County put runners on base in every inning but the sixth March 19 but were unable to push any runs across in a 4-0 season-opening loss at East Surry in Pilot Mountain, N.C. It was Carroll County’s first regular season loss since dropping a 7-6 decision to Grayson County on May 23, 2014.
The Cavaliers collected four hits and drew three walks, but left four on base and were stymied by a pair of double plays. Maggie Holt and Autumn Lawson combined to hurl the shutout for the Cardinals. Holt pitched the first four innings, allowing three hits and three walks. Lawson pitched the last three innings, giving up one hit and one walk, while striking out three.
Bethany Clayton went 3-for-4 with a run and 2 RBIs to lead East Surry. Kristin Hicks and Allie Bruner both had two hits for the Cardinals with Bruner driving in a run. Morgan Smith went 1-for-4 with an RBI for East Surry.
Carroll County (0-1) missed a pair of scoring opportunities in the first two innings. In the first, Katie McKenzie ripped a one-out single and Emily Cook followed with a double to left field. Holt retired the next two batters to get out of the inning unscathed, however. In the second, Taylor Spangler spanked a leadoff double. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Abi Easter, but was left stranded at third.
Chloe Easter drew a walk to open the fourth inning for Carroll, but Holt got the next batter to hit into a double play. Easter led off the seventh with a walk, but advanced no further after another double play.
Clayton tagged an RBI single in the third and Morgan Smith added a run-scoring double later in the inning to put East Surry in front 2-0. The Cardinals added a run each in the fourth and sixth innings after RBI singles by Clayton.
McKenzie, Cook, Spangler and Kayleigh Webb each had one hit for the Cavaliers.
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Cook, McKenzie (6) and Johnson (CC); Holt, Lawson (5) and Bruner (ES). WP – Holt. LP – Cook. 2B – Cook, Spangler (CC); Hicks, Smith (ES).
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