Surry Knights split softball doubleheader at USC-Sumter

Jodie Brock clubbed a grand slam and Hayley Tickle improved to 3-0 as Surry Community College’s softball team defeated USC-Sumter 13-8 on the road Friday.

Trailing 3-1 going into the fifth inning, Surry (3-3) struck for eight runs to take control of the game. Rachel Wagoner (Starmount) walked with the bases loaded to ignite the big inning, then Brock (Wilkes Central) cleared the bases with a grand slam to put SCC up 6-3. Lacey Grubbs (West Stokes) had two hits in the inning, including a two-run double.

In the top of the seventh, Surry added some much-needed insurance runs as Sydney Caudle (Starmount) reached on an error, Molli Huffman and Kelsie Griffin singled, and Grubbs came through with another two-run double.

Grubbs lead Surry with a 4-for-5 effort to go along with three doubles, 4 RBIs and two runs scored. Brock was 2-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBIs, while Huffman went 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI. Griffin also went 2-for-5 with two runs and 2 RBIs for SCC.

Tickle improved to 3-0 on the season as she scattered nine hits and struck out five in a complete-game victory. Surry is unbeaten in the second game of doubleheaders this year.

“We are doing great on the backside. I’m not sure what it is in the first games. It might be the long road trips we’ve been taking,” Surry head coach Blaine Bullington said. “We kept getting a lead in the first game today and we couldn’t hold on, but that was a scrappy team we were playing. I told my crowd we were just as scrappy in the second game. We got behind and just refused to go down.”

Surry lost the first game Friday 9-8, but there were bright spots for the Knights. Bullington let pitcher Shey Steelman (Forbush) hit on Saturday and she responded with a two-run homer in her first plate appearance of the season. Wagoner also went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and Taylor Little went 2-for-3 with an RBI.


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