Grubbs, Tickle lead Knights to softball split at Guilford

Surry Community College’s softball team improved to 2-2 Saturday, splitting a doubleheader at Division III Guilford College.

Lacey Grubbs, a freshman catcher from West Stokes, drilled two home runs in Game 2 as the Knights defeated Guilford 13-2 in five innings. Freshman pitcher Hayley Tickle of North Surry won her second game in as many college starts, helping the Knights bounce back from a 7-0 loss in the first game of the day. She threw a two-hit shutout Friday in SCC’s 11-0 win at Pitt Community College.

Regan Gentry of Forbush hit a triple for Surry, while Kelsie Griffin, Rachel Wagoner and Grubbs all singled in the Game 1 loss. The Knights bounced back with a vengeance in Game 2, banging out 15 hits. Grubbs led the way, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and 4 RBIs. Gentry went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs, Wagoner went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in, and Sydney Caudle was a perfect 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Jodie Brock added two hits and drove in a run, while Kaylee Johnson had a hit and drove in a run for the Knights.

“It’s unreal how the first weekend has worked out, but we have hit the ball to death in the second game of both doubleheaders. We banged out 15 hits in Game 2, and I hope we can continue that,” Surry head coach Blaine Bullington said.

Tickle improved to 2-0 with her second complete-game win in as many days. The former Greyhound gave up two earned runs, scattering eight hits while striking out one and walking one.

“Hayley has found a niche right here. I am expecting things to click for Shey (Steelman). She just needs some run support and things will click for her,” Bullington said. “Sometimes you throw well and can’t get a run like Shey is facing right now. Hayley is throwing well, but we have scored 24 runs for her in two games.”


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