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Ashe Baseball Win 2 Straight

April 18, 2011
By ACHS iHigh of Ashe County Huskies

By: Nathan Ham - Jefferson Post

Good pitching and timely hitting came together at all the right times last week as the baseball team scored two consecutive victories over East Wilkes and Alleghany.

After Monday's tough loss to Starmount, Ashe was back on the field Wednesday evening to do battle with the East Wilkes Cardinals. The Huskies would come out on top over the Cardinals with a final score of 6-5.

Alleghany came to town on Friday with the Huskies hoping to put together back-to-back wins for the first time all season.

The Huskies found pay-dirt in the very first inning. Matthew Sexton led off the inning with a single, then stole second base. The junior then swiped third to put a runner just 90 feet away with one out in the inning. Senior Zach Walter ripped a single into the outfield to plate the first run for Ashe. Walter then stole second before pitcher Sam Gammons drew a walk. Junior Chris Cole slapped a single through the infield to load the bases, still with just one out. Michael Dolinger came to the plate and picked up another RBI single for the Huskies, giving Ashe a 2-0 lead. Luke Barker and Avery Barr both grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning, but Ashe got those all important first runs of the game.

In the bottom of the second inning, Landon Gray got things started with a walk right out of the gate. Then Sexton hammered a two-run homer deep down the left field line to put Ashe on top 4-0.

Alleghany finally answered back with a two-run blast of its own to cut into the Ashe lead, putting them down 4-2 going to the bottom half of the third inning.

In the next frame, Dolinger continued his hot hitting for Ashe, blasting a solo homer to lead off the inning, putting Ashe in front 5-2. Following a walk, infield single, and an error, Ashe loaded the bases, but had just one out to play with. Walter came through for Ashe yet again, driving in two runs with a double. A third run was close to scoring but Sexton was thrown out at the plate. Even with the final out being made, the Huskies had jumped out to a 7-2 advantage.

Things remained quiet until the bottom of the fifth inning when Ashe got the offense rolling again. Barker led off the inning with a single, then Gray picked up his first RBI of the game with a double to give Ashe another run to add to its lead. Sexton came to the plate yet again looking to inflict more damage to Alleghany. That he did, blasting another two-run homer to the same place he hit his first one, giving the Huskies a 10-2 lead.

Gammons put up another solid night on the pitching rubber, tossing a complete game while giving up just two runs to earn the victory. Ashe would add one more run in the sixth inning to put the final score at 11-2.

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