Clements with the pitch

Thomas Clements opened Watauga’s game with Burke County on the mound June 26.

BOONE — Watauga’s varsity instructional level baseball team cruised to a 10-5 victory over visiting Burke County, a team comprised of players from four Burke County prep programs.

Watauga coach Ethan Greene, who was the Watauga junior varsity head coach during the school season, likes how the summer varsity team has played.

“This older group has been rolling through the summer pretty well,” Watauga coach Ethan Greene said. “They’ve played well each time they’ve been out. They’ve played with good focus and good energy.”

Watauga finished with nine hits in the five-inning game. Hunter Norris finished with two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Simon Garner also had two hits, walked in another at-bat and scored two runs for Watauga.

Norris scored the first run of the game following an error on a ball hit by Rivers Gore. Watauga scored five runs in the second inning after falling behind 4-1. Austin Idol reached base on an error and both Garner and Thomas Clements both singled and eventually scored inning.

Ryan Fox reached base on an error and Norris doubled. Fox scored on a Carson Warren sacrifice fly and Norris scored on a Gore single. Garner scored an inning later on a Fox single, which gave Watauga a 7-5 lead.

“We played really well,” Greene said. “We had really just one rough inning. We hit a few people in a row and struggled to get out of it. Other than that we pitched pretty well and I thought we hit it pretty well too.”

Watauga closed out the scoring with three runs in the fourth inning. Warren and Jacob McInturff singled and scored, while Idol drew a walk and scored on a wild pitch.

Watauga’s junior varsity team lost to Burke County 8-0.

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