Boles has big day in Knights’ win

Dobson, NC – February 14, 2015.

Dalton Boles drove in two runs and made two highlight reel, game-saving catches to help Surry Community College defeat Rockingham Community College 7-6 Saturday in the Knights’ home opener.

Ben Temple finished off a glorious day for SCC (3-9) with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Robbie Harrison for the winning run as Surry twice battled back from deficits. The Knights trailed 4-0 after the fourth inning and 6-5 going into the bottom of the seventh.

With Surry down 3-0 in the top of the fifth, Boles made an incredible diving catch with one out that prevented Rockingham from pushing another run across. After SCC battled back to take a 5-3 lead, Boles made the play of the game in the seventh. With one out and a man on first, Noah Pearl ripped a towering shot to left that looked like it would clear the fence. The high winds kept the ball in play, but Boles still had to run at a full sprint to get a line on the ball. He ended up pulling it down while falling into the fence, ultimately saving at least one run.

“He made a couple of game-saving plays. Those are college plays, the plays we talk about in practice we have to make to be good,” Surry head coach Jamie Lowe said. “On the second one, he hit the fence with reckless abandon. That’s what you want, a guy like Dalton willing to run through the fence for you.”

The Knights were scoreless until the fifth inning when Colton Narron led off with a double, moved up on a Boles single, then scored on a Ross Hoffner sac fly. Boles later scored on an error to make it 3-2 Rockingham.

Surry plated three more runs in the sixth when Boles ripped a two-run single to center with the bases loaded. Hoffner would drive in another on a sac bunt to put the Knights up 5-4.

Rockingham responded with a run each in the eighth and ninth innings to pull back in front 6-5. Hoffner and Cody Nipper opened the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back singles. Then with one out, Jamison Nagle tied it with an RBI single through the gap to score Hoffner. Temple then ended the game in dramatic fashion with a walk-off single that scored pinch-runner Robbie Harrison.

“A lot of people stepped up and made big plays. We have lost a lot of one-run games this season, but in the first game today we didn’t make the mistakes that cost us in those games,” Lowe said. “If we can cut out those small mistakes, I think we can reverse our record and be a good team.”

Corbin Easter picked up the win in relief for Surry, giving up two runs and four hits in three innings. Boles went 2-for-4 with a run and 2 RBIs to lead Surry, while Nagle was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Temple was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Hoffner had a hit and 2 RBIs, and Narron doubled and scored twice. Cody Nipper and Payden Simmons also had hits, while Caleb Cox scored a run.

The Knights trailed from the start in the second game of the doubleheader before falling 10-4. Nagle and Temple both had two hits for Surry, Harrison had an RBI double, and Boles and Tyler Stotler both drove in a run.

Surry’s game with Rockingham scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled due to cold weather.

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