Griffin’s walk-off homer propels Knights in softball sweep
Pilot Mountain, NC – March 21, 2015.
Kelsie Griffin hit two home runs and finished with 6 RBIs Saturday as Surry Community College's softball team swept Southeastern Community College 5-4 and 5-3 in Pilot Mountain.
Griffin came up huge in both games, but she was particularly clutch in Game 1 of the doubleheader at East Surry's Palmer Field. Her two-run infield single in the sixth inning tied the first game at 4-4, eventually sending the contest into extra innings. Then in the bottom of the eighth, the sophomore crushed an 0-2 pitch to left field for a walk-off homer and a 5-4 Surry win.
Surry (11-5, 4-0 Region X) trailed 1-0 in Game 2 when Griffin tagged a two-run double to left to score Kaylee Johnson and Regan Gentry for a 2-1 lead. She added a two-run home run to right field in the fifth inning to score Taylor Little and give the Knights some much-needed insurance runs in a 5-3 victory.
"She sprays the ball to both fields. To me she is just so consistent," Surry head coach Blaine Bullington said. "She got fouled up the first time at the plate in both games, just getting adjusted to pitching styles. But she got adjusted and she did it quick."
In Game 2, Rachel Wagoner opened the fourth inning with a double to left, moved up on a Molli Huffman single, and scored on Jodie Brock's sac fly to deep center for a 3-1 lead. Griffin homered for the second time Saturday in the fifth inning before Southeastern rallied for a pair of runs in the sixth.
Hayley Tickle, who scattered seven hits, retired the side in the seventh inning to preserve the win and improve to 7-1 on the season. Sydney Caudle doubled and Huffman and Taylor Little each singled in the win.
In Game 1, the Knights fell behind 4-1 after three innings, but starting pitcher Shey Steelman settled down to retire the final 15 batters of the game to improve to 4-4 on the season. Little went 2-for-4 and hit RBI singles in the second and fourth innings to bring Surry to within 4-2.
The score stayed that way until the sixth when Griffin scored two runs on an infield single to tie the game. The sophomore from Hibriten High School then ended it with her walk-off homer in the eighth.
"I'm proud of the way we hung in there, especially in the first game. We get down in a game and we don't panic. We keep fighting and we are patient and wait until we start hitting the ball," Bullington said. "I'm proud of them for hanging in there and continuing to play our game. We don't always play well, but they play hard and hustle. We tell them sometimes a lot of hustle can make up for a bad day. That happened in the first game today."
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