Knights earn huge baseball win at Brunswick

Dobson, NC – April 13, 2015.

Surry Community College’s baseball team played inspired baseball over the weekend, rallying for a 3-2 road win Sunday to knock Brunswick Community College out of first place in Region X.

In Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Knights stayed in the game thanks to outstanding pitching performances by Caleb Gaster and Seth Brim. Gaster started the game and threw four innings of shutout baseball to put SCC in great position down the stretch. Seth Brim came on in relief, allowing two runs in three innings to earn the win on the mound.

Down 2-0 in the sixth inning, Surry mounted its comeback as North Surry product Payden Simmons led off the frame with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice grounder. Cody Nipper’s RBI single plated Simmons to trim the deficit to 2-1.

In the seventh and final inning, Jamison Nagle led off with a single. Kiwane Garner came in as a pinch runner and moved to second on Tyler Stotler’s perfectly-executed sacrifice bunt. With two strikes, Will Dalton grounded out to second, but was able to move Garner to third. Then with two outs, Colton Narron stepped to the plate and laced an RBI double down the left field line, tying the game and putting the go-ahead run on second. In the same situation, Dylan Dessecker smacked a single down the right field line past a diving Brunswick first baseman to give the Knights a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Brim gave up a leadoff single. After a sacrifice bunt and ground out, Brunswick had a runner on third base with two outs. After a mound visit by Surry head coach Jamie Lowe, Brim intentionally walked the next batter. The move paid off huge as Brim struck out the next batter to end the game and earn Surry a huge win.

“We’ve been in this situation before and have worked on it, being able to beat the situation in practice,” Lowe said. “Now was the time to prove it in the game. My team played very inspired baseball this week.”

The Knights came close to taking the series, but dropped a 4-3 decision in Saturday’s opener of the three-game set. Lowe said Travis Tuttle had an outstanding effort on the mound, but Surry just fell short of another big victory as Brunswick rallied in the bottom of the ninth.

“We lost 4-3 and had a chance to win a game. The ball didn’t bounce our way, but I am proud of the effort,” Lowe said. “We probably deserved to win the game. We played really good baseball.”

In Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader, Brunswick won 9-0. Despite the score, Lowe said his team was solid all weekend.

“We played very well. They had several softly placed balls fall in for hits and they were able to extend the lead,” Lowe said. “Their pitcher was very good and shut down our offense, but we still played really well and had a good weekend of baseball. We were able to finish it off with a win Sunday, which I think will give our guys some confidence.”

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