RONDA — Going into last week’s game against the East Wilkes Cardinals, the Starmount Rams were looking for their fourth Mountain Valley Athletic Conference win. The Rams came out swinging in the batter’s box, and put down a tough defense to take an 11-4 win over the Cardinals.
Starmount was able to get on the board early, as Brock Mullins doubled on a hard ground ball to left field. Mullins’ hit brought Trey Dezern across the plate to give Starmount a 1-0 lead. The Rams were able to keep up the hits, as Ryan Tulbert put down a fly ball to center field for a double. Mullins came in to score and Starmount had a 2-0 lead over the Cardinals after half of an inning. The Rams success continued on the field, as Dezern made all three outs for the Rams. Dezern threw two strikeouts, and made the third out with a throw to first.
In the second inning, East Wilkes was able to tie the game with two hard hits. With the score sitting 2-2, Starmount took the lead back in the third inning. Tulbert hit a ground ball to bring Peyton Mullins and Ethan Barnes across the plate. Tulbert was brought into score on the next hit, as Dawson Smith hit a hard ball to right field. After two and a half innings, Starmount had a 5-2 lead over the Cardinals.
Starmount was able to add even more runs to its total in the fourth inning. Peyton Mullins was walked which brought Jacob Thompson in for the sixth Starmount run. Patrick Usher put down a hard hit to center field to bring two runs in and make the score 8-2. The Rams were not done scoring, as Brock Mullins doubled to bring Usher in, then Barnes singled to bring Mullins in. After the fourth inning, Starmount was firmly in control with a 10-2 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, East Wilkes was able to score its third run of the night as Caeden Howell hit a home run on a 2-0 count. Starmount’s final run of the night came in the sixth inning as Brock Mullins hit a hard ball to left field to bring in Peyton Mullins.
East Wilkes was able to score a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it was too late for the Cardinals. Starmount was able to put up a strong defensive play on the field to hold off the Cardinals and take an 11-4 conference win.
With the win, Starmount moves to 5-6 overall, and 4-2 in the MVAC.