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MWC tournament: Ashe baseball team opens with Elkin Monday

Originally published: May. 3
Last modified: May. 3

Steve Behr

Ashe County’s baseball team finished fourth in the Mountain Valley Conference standings and will host Elkin on Monday.

 

The game starts at 7 p.m.

 

Ashe made the state 2-A playoffs for the first time since 2008 after beating North Wilkes 14-3 in six innings on Thursday. The Huskies followed with a 4-2 loss to West Wilkes on Friday.

 

Elkin finished in a tie with North Wilkes for fifth place in the league with a 5-8 record. Elkin is 5-14 overall.

 

Ashe finished the regular season with a 9-10 overall record, 6-8 in the conference. Ashe beat Elkin 4-1 in West Jefferson on March 21, but lost to the Elks 9-1 on the road.

 

Should Ashe win its round one game, it would face the winner of the West Wilkes vs. North Wilkes matchup, which is also being played on May 5. The semifinal game is May 7 at 7 p.m. at West Wilkes High.

 

Ashe County could get another chance at beating West Wilkes. Ashe won the first game 10-9, but lost to the Blackhawks Friday night.

 

Ashe led 2-0 in the fourth inning, but gave up a run in the fifth, and West Wilkes trailed 2-1. The Blackhawks rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to win the game.

 

Ashe County was limited to just six hits, including two from Matthew Hamilton. Alex Laws went the distance on the mound for Ashe. He scattered eight hits, allowed just two earned runs and walked just two.

 

SOFTBALL BRACKET

Ashe County’s girls’ softball team, seeded seventh in the Mountain Valley Conference Tournament, plays at No. 2 seed West Wilkes Monday at 6 p.m.

 

Ashe, which beat North Wilkes 16-13 on Thursday, finished with a record of 3-10 in the league 3-11 overall.

 

West Wilkes finished second in the conference with a 12-5 overall record, 11-2 in the standings.

 

Should Ashe beat the Blackhawks, the Huskies would play the winner of No. 3 seeded Elkin or No. 6 Starmount game. The semifinal game would be at Ashe County High School at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

 
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