Surry sweeps twin bill with pair of walk-off homers
If the old Nike commercial is true that “Chicks dig the long ball,” then Michael Roberts and Drew Martin shouldn’t have trouble getting dates anytime soon.
The freshmen duo both crushed walk-off home runs Sunday to help Surry Community College sweep Thomas Nelson Community College in a Region X doubleheader in Dobson. In the first game, Roberts, a freshman from Surry Central High School, hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Knights to a 7-4 victory. In the nightcap of the twin bill, Martin, a North Iredell product, ripped a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to send SCC off with a 9-7 win in unforgettable fashion.
“I have been involved with baseball for 31 years and I have never been involved in anything like that,” Surry head coach Tim Collins said. “A walk-off home run is extremely rare, but two in the same day in back-to-back games is pretty much unheard of.”
Roberts’ walk-off homer was just icing on the cake for the first game of the doubleheader. The 6-1, 210-pound third baseman ripped three home runs in the game, driving in six of the Knights’ seven runs in the 7-4 triumph. The game-winning shot was hit a “mile high” to the opposite field, Collins said, easily clearing the right field wall. Roberts is now tied for fifth in the nation with seven home runs in 18 games.
“He hit three homers that game. I was very surprised they pitched to him in the bottom of the ninth,” Collins said. “I was especially surprised they pitched to him with a base open, but I am glad they did.”
Martin, meanwhile, had a pinch-hit double in the ninth inning of the first game. He then capped an incredible comeback in the second contest as the Knights trailed 7-2 in the fifth inning. Surry got two runs back in the sixth to make it 7-4 before scoring five runs in the decisive seventh. With two on and the Knights down 7-6, Martin hit a line drive, “no doubt about it” shot over the left field wall, Collins said, sparking a wild celebration of Knights waiting for Martin at home plate.
“And my understanding is that is the first home run Drew has ever hit, even in little league, but he hit it well,” Collins said. “There was a lot of excitement, but that is the way this team plays. We are young and
we start between seven or eight freshmen every game. They don’t quit. Down 7-2, they could have very easily quit, but they scored seven runs in the last two innings to win it.”
Surry Community College (13-8, 2-0 Region X) will resume Region X action on Saturday with a doubleheader in Dobson starting at 1 p.m. against Rockingham Community College.
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