Grubbs belts three homers as Surry sweeps softball doubleheader

Dobson, NC – February 15, 2015.

Lacey Grubbs bashed three home runs and finished with 8 RBIs Saturday as Surry Community College swept a doubleheader at USC-Salkehatchie.

Grubbs, of West Stokes, ripped two homers and drove in five in the opener, a 15-0 Surry win in five innings. She hit another dinger and drove in three more in the second game, a 10-2 victory for Surry (5-3).

While SCC banged out 13 hits in the opener, the Knights also got a great effort on the mound from sophomore pitcher Shey Steelman of Forbush. Steelman allowed just two hits and struck out seven in a complete-game shutout for her first win of the season.

“I could see the confidence in her. She pitched well and came out with a purpose,” Surry head coach Blaine Bullington said. “We had a scouting report on them and we knew they could hit. We challenged her and she was able to see it through and pick up her first win. Hopefully she will be on fire the rest of the season.”

Steelman got plenty of help as Kelsie Griffin blasted a three-run homer in the first inning. Grubbs then added a three-run home run in the second inning, a solo shot in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth. Grubbs finished 3-for-4 in the opener, while Molli Huffman was 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs. Steelman helped her own cause at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Freshman Hayley Tickle of North Surry continued her hot start to the season in Game 2, scattering seven hits and giving up two earned runs to improve to 4-0. She also helped herself, going 1-for-2 with a double and 2 RBIs. Rachel Wagoner of Starmount went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Grubbs ripped a two-run homer in the fifth and finished 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs. For the four games over the weekend, Grubbs went 11-of-16 (.688) from the plate with three homers and 12 RBIs.

“Lacey had a great weekend. It gives us confidence when she is hitting like that, and to beat another strong Division I Junior College opponent,” Bullington said. “We feel like winning three of four this weekend puts us in the right direction. We are playing them one game at a time trying to get better as we go along. We’ve learned from the mistakes we’ve made. As long as they hit it like they are right now, I am confident we can pick up wins.”

Surry will be back in action Sat., Feb. 21 against a strong Spartanburg Methodist squad that performed well in the Junior College Division I World Series last year.


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