Griffin, Tickle led Knights to softball split

Surry Community College’s softball team got big games from freshman Hayley Tickle and transfer Kelsie Griffin as the Knights split their season-opening doubleheader Friday at Pitt Community College.

The Knights committed three errors in game one, which proved costly in a 7-2 loss. After a pep talk late from head coach Blaine Bullington, Surry (1-1) responded with a vengeance in Game 2, defeating the Bulldogs 11-0 in five innings.

Griffin had a huge day, going 6-for-6 for the Knights in the two games. She served up most of the Game 1 highlights, going 3-for-3 with a single, double, home run and 2 RBIs. She gave Surry a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning, then tied the game at 2-all with a solo homer in the third before the wheels fell off for SCC.

That’s when Bullington challenged the Knights.

“I just felt like we played a bit standoffish, a little nerves there. I challenged them after the first game to start focusing on the task at hand and play the game we know we can play,” Bullington said. “We finished the first game and I told them I could see the cold was affecting the other team, and whoever let the cold get to them would lose this one, that we need to focus mind over matter.”

The pep talk worked as Surry scored five runs out of the game in the first inning of Game 2. It would be all the support Tickle, a freshman from North Surry, would need as she allowed just two hits and one walk in a five-inning shutout.

“It was her first college game and she threw a two-hit shutout, just a nice game for her,” Bullington said. “She threw the ball very well and kept them off balance. Pitt had bases loaded one time and she pitched her way out of it.”

Griffin went 3-for-3 again with 4 RBIs, bringing her total to 6-for-6 with 6 RBIs for the day. Jodie Brock went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and Rachel Wagoner went 1-for-2 with a double and 2 RBIs. Molli Huffman was 1-for-2 with a walk.

“It was a good way for us to respond. I told them we needed to jump on them early, and even though it was cold, we didn’t show it,” Bullington said. “It felt like we played more our game instead of their game. This gives us something to build on. Kelsie had a great day. I think she will help us all the way around.”


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