Tickle throws one-hitter, Knights sweep Patrick Henry

Dobson, NC – March 15, 2015.

Hayley Tickle hurled a one-hit shutout and Shey Steelman had a complete-game victory as Surry Community College swept Patrick Henry Community College 7-3 and 8-0 in a Region X doubleheader Sunday in Dobson.

Both pitchers got plenty of support as SCC (7-5, 2-0 SCC) combined for 23 hits in the two games. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning of Game 1, Kelsie Griffin tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom half of the frame. She would go on to add a solo shot in the fifth inning as she finished 3-for-4 with two homers and 3 RBIs.

“It was a pretty big day for Kelsie,” head coach Blaine Bullington said. “She hit a big one in the first inning to tie the game up for us. Shey started a little shaky, gave up two runs in the first inning, but then she settled down and threw a great game after that.”

Steelman struck out seven while giving up six hits and three earned runs. At the plate, Lacey Grubbs went 2-for-2 with an RBI, Jodie Brock was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Regan Gentry went 2-for-3 for Surry.

Tickle was efficient and effective in Game 2, throwing less than 40 pitches in a five-inning, one-hit shutout. A freshman from North Surry, Tickle gave up a single to the second batter she faced. From that point forward, she only allowed one runner to reach base on an error.

“She pitched five innings and played so well. She had them tore up. She struck out five and still threw under 40 pitches,” Bullington said. “She got a lot of outs on first-pitch swings, just making the ball spin and getting quick outs. You can’t beat that.”

With the win, Tickle improved to 5-1 on the season. She also got plenty of help as Rachel Wagoner went 3-for-3 with two doubles and 2 RBIs, Jodie Brock went 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs, Griffin went 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs, and Molli Huffman was 2-for-3 with a run batted in.

“We had a good day hitting the ball. We had 11 hits in the first game and 12 in the second,” Bullington said. “Everybody hit the ball well, which was surprising since we hadn’t played in about three weeks. I was pleased with how they responded today to open our conference schedule.”


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