Watauga summer varsity team splits with East Burke
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
ICARD -- Just as Watauga's offense was coming to life, a burst of rain took it away.
Watauga's varsity summer instructional league team settled for a split with East Burke by winning the first game 2-0, but losing the second 7-6 in three innings at East Burke High. Both games were scheduled for five innings, but rain cut the second game short by two innings.
It was the first time Watauga has played in nearly three weeks. The Pioneers last played on June fourth when they were swept by Alexander Central in a doubleheader.
Since then a combination of inclement weather and wet fields have kept the Pioneers away from the diamond.
Watauga still managed to win the first game of its twin bill with East Burke by soring a run in the first and the fifth innings. Pitcher Hunter Isaacs scattered three hits, and Watauga's defense did not make any errors behind him in the victory.
Watauga's offense picked up five hits in the game.
Watauga trailed 7-1 in the second game, but managed to take advantage of two walks, two hit-batsmen, single and an error to score six runs in the top of the third inning. Dylan Lawrence opened the third with a single, and found himself on third base with two outs.
Lawrence scored when Mark Jackson reached base on a throwing error. East Burke pitching allowed Watauga to get base runners and score runs.
Justin Greer and Willis Ellis both walked to load the bases. Hunter Isaacs and Matt Lambert were both hit by pitches, Isaacs' at-bat drove in a run and Ellis scored on a wild pitch to pull Watauga to 7-4.
Isaacs and Lambert both eventually scored on wild pitches before the inning ended. East Burke sent two batters to the plate in the bottom of the third inning, but the slight drizzle turned into a rainstorm, which forced the end of the game.
East Burke did all of its damage in the first two innings. Hunter Hise and London Page both had RBI singles to spark a four-run rally in the first inning.
Page came back with a two-out RBI single in the second inning that capped a three-run rally and put East Burke in front 7-0.
Watauga is scheduled to play a doublebeader at West Lincoln on Thursday.