BOONVILLE — Claire Maske and Janet Zamora scored first-half goals as host Starmount downed East Wilkes, 3-1, in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference game Friday.
Amber Hurst, on her birthday, scored the third Starmount goal, putting the Rams up 3-0 in the second half.
East Wilkes’ Melia Higgins scored her 11th goal of the season with less than seven minutes to play in the game.
“It was a very good win,” Starmount Coach Jered Markman said. “Our No. 1 goal was to shut down No. 18 (Higgins). They kept reminding each other where she was at all times.”
It was the second win this week and fourth win this season for the Rams. “A lot of things we’ve been working on are starting to click for us,” Markman said.
Markman credited the work of Jenny Carranza and Ashley Arciniega on the back line; and Miriam Ferretiz and Liz Carrasco at midfield especially. Ferretiz and Carrasco, Markman said, “did a great job controlling the ball and sending it up to give them runs.”
Markman said the level of play did not drop when the bench came into the game.
“My girls came out very determined to win,” Markman said. “They were ready for it. After that first goal, you could see their confidence on the rise.”
Monday, May 5
Elkin 10, Starmount 3: In Elkin, the Elks defeated the Rams, 10-3, Monday to advance to the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference semifinals Wednesday at Ashe County.
Cayley Shoemaker scattered 10 hits, allowing just two earned runs, walking three, and striking out eight for Elkin.
“I have to say I’m pretty proud of her as far as leaving runners stranded,” Elkin assistant coach Steve Shaw said. “She did well.”
Kenzie Harris allowed just two hits, but walked 16 and hit a batter for Starmount. “She’s a freshman,” Starmount Coach Sarah Boles said. “I think the nerves got the most of her early on. Then she started getting into a groove.”
Only two Elkin runs were driven in with hits. Rebekah Cranford doubled in the second to put Elkin up 6-1 and Bethany Turner’s infield single in the fifth knocked in Elkin’s final run.
“I think the girls went up there just looking for a walk,” Shaw said. “I’m not really sure what was going on.”
Cranford, who also drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the fifth, and Victoria Kiger, who walked twice with the bases loaded, each were credited with two RBI for the Elks.
Alli Jones, Angel Couch and Christy Reavis all had two hits for Starmount. Jones and Ashley Johnson each had an RBI single to score runs for the Rams.
“We had some good hits,” Boles said. “But we left some runners on base and we made some base-running mistakes.
“Nothing came together for us tonight.”
The Rams left eight runners on base and had two runners cut down at the plate. One of those was the end of a 5-3-2 double play started by Kaitlyn Faw. “I’m proud of Kaitlyn Faw at third base,” Shaw said. “We’ve been working on that play hard.”
Faw took a sharp ground ball off the bat of Johnson and looked Couch back to third before firing to Cranford at first. Cranford then delivered a strike to Bethany Turner who tagged out Couch at the plate.
Elkin is now 14-7. Starmount fell to 4-16.
S 010 000 2 — 3 10 1
E 520 120 x — 10 2 2
S: Kenzie Harris and Angel Couch. E: Cayley Shoemaker and Bethany Turner. 2B: Rebekah Cranford (E).
Friday, May 2
Forbush 8, North Surry 5: In East Bend, Barrett Hennings had three hits and two RBI as the Falcons defeated the Greyhounds.
“Complete game, everybody contributed,” Forbush Coach Denny Key said. “Situational hitting was solid and our defense helped our pitchers.”
Carson Fulp also had three hits, including a double as the Falcons pounded out 13 hits. Neil Hutchens had two hits and two RBI. Hennings also had two doubles.
Forbush committed no errors in the game.
Thursday, May 1
Surry Central 4, Forbush 3: In Dobson, the Golden Eagles edged the Falcons.
Neil Huchens had three of Forbush’s nine hits, while Brett Fulk had two hits and two RBI. Mason Doub also had two hits.
Surry Central managed just one earned run off Fulk and Brad Dzeskewicz, who pitched for Forbush.