Surry softball sweeps pair of weekend doubleheaders

Dobson, NC – April 19, 2015.

Shey Steelman picked up three wins on the mound Friday and Saturday as Surry Community College’s softball team swept Southeastern Community College and Florence-Darlington Tech in a pair of weekend Region X doubleheaders.

Surry (26-10, 15-3 Region X) opened the weekend Friday by sweeping Southeastern 3-0 and 5-3 in Whiteville. Steelman was fantastic in the first game, striking out four in a two-hit shutout.

“She only gave up two hits and didn’t really struggle,” Surry softball coach Blaine Bullington said. “She pitched a great game and kept us in it because hitting was a little sparse.”

Regan Gentry went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs to lead the Knights, ripping RBI singles in both the third and fifth innings. Kelsie Griffin went 1-for-4 with a solo home run for SCC in the third inning.

The Knights trailed 3-0 in the sixth inning of Game 2 against Southeastern before rallying for a 5-3 victory in eight innings. Hayley Tickle pitched a gem for the Knights, but gave up a pair of solo home runs to Abby Walker as the Rams controlled most of the game.

With two outs in the sixth inning, Surry made its move as Rachel Wagoner singled, Molli Huffman drew a walk and Jodie Brock singled to load the bases. Steelman then subbed in for Tickle and ripped a two-run single. Steelman would come around to score later in the inning on an RBI single from Gentry.

After a scoreless seventh, the Knights struck first in extra innings. Brock led off the eighth with a single to complete a 3-for-4 effort at the plate. Steelman singled to get her second hit in as many bats before Taylor Little’s RBI grounder scored Brock. Gentry, who ripped three hits for the second consecutive game , added an insurance run with an RBI single to score Steelman for a 5-3 Surry lead.

Steelman pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up her second win of the day on the mound. Even so, Bullington said it was Tickle’s pitching that gave the Knights a chance.

“I can’t say enough about how Hayley pitched. She threw to 29 batters and scattered everything except for the two long balls,” Bullington said. “She pitched a fantastic game to keep us in it. Regardless of not getting the win, she pitched great all day.”

On Saturday, Surry traveled to Florence-Darlington Tech and picked up two more Region X wins, 2-1 and 8-2 over the Stingers. Huffman and Brock both had RBI singles to lift the Knights in the low-scoring opener, while Lacey Grubbs and Sydney Caudle both went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Surry. Steelman went the distance on the mound to pick up her third victory in as many games for the Knights.

“It was kind of an uneventful game, but one of those you just have to get through sometimes,” Bullington said. “We focused on coming out strong in the second game. We ended up scoring all eight runs in the first inning and won 8-2.”

Griffin went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs to lead the Knights. She had an RBI double and a two-run single in the first inning to highlight the big frame. Little went 2-for-3 for Surry, while Grubbs and Brock each drove in a run. Tickle scattered seven hits and gave up two runs. She also struck out four to pick up the win.

“Hayley and Shey both pitched well this weekend, it just happened that Shey ended up with three wins,” Bullington said. “We’re just hoping the pitching continues to hold up. We have one series left with Florence-Darlington at home on Wednesday. It will be Sophomore Day and we hope to finish the season on a positive note.”

The Wednesday doubleheader begins at 6:30 p.m. The Knights have second place wrapped up in Region X, but still have an outside shot at first place if Richard Bland Community College loses its two remaining games.


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