The Surry Knights baseball team has won three straight and eight of its last 11 heading into a big Region X series on the road against the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers at American Legion Fairgrounds in Hickory.
Surry (13-7 overall, 8-5 region) has a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and wraps up the series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game. The Bucs are 27-8 overall and 9-4 in Region X. CVCC has only lost three games at home this season.
“They have a nice park. They play well there,” Surry coach Jamie Lowe said. “Surprisingly we’ve played well on the road. Something’s going to have to give.
“It’s going to be a big series. On paper it looks like two of the best teams. As of right now it’s two of the better teams in the league playing each other in a three-game series. We’ve battled them back and forth over the years. I expect this weekend to be more of the same.”
The Knights haven’t played since a nonconference sweep over Jamestown Community College on March 27. Jordan Miller (East Surry) got his first pitching win of the season in a 3-1 victory. Chase Saunders earned the win on the hill in the second game, a 5-0 shutout. Caleb Whitaker (North Surry) threw three innings in that contest.
Through 20 games, Surry has a handful of players batting over .300 this season (Robbie Harrison, Jamison Nagle, Tyler Stotler, Connor Bodehhamer, and Scott Hollman). Nagle, a freshman who graduated from South Stokes, is hitting .340 in Region X play with eight doubles, eight runs scored and eight RBIs. Keon Holt has also hit the ball well for Surry.
Lowe said after having two weekends off because of a rainout and open weekend, his team will either be rusty or refreshed and ready to go. He said he hopes it’s the latter of the two.
Zach Winkler will get the nod in Game 1 Saturday, followed by Chase Saunders in Game 2. Miller is expected to get the start in the third game on Sunday.
“We are getting some good innings out of Winkler,” Lowe said. “His last two starts have been his best two starts. Chase has been solid all year. Jordan Miller looks better and better every time out. We are pretty set in those roles right now unless something changes. They’ve done all we can ask. If our defense plays behind them we are usually in ball games.”
Surry returns home April 18-19 against New River Community College.