Last updated: April 15. 2014 11:40PM - 714 Views
By Jeremy Moorhouse jmoorhouse@civitasmedia.com

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With just over a week left in the regular season, Surry Community College’s softball team is very much in the hunt for a Region X title.

The Knights (18-10 overall, 9-5 region) split with Florence-Darlington Technical College on Friday and swept Patrick Henry Community College on Sunday. Surry trails Florence-Darlington Tech and Richard Bland College in the standings. Both of those teams have lost three Region X games.

“We all play each other the next four games,” Surry coach Blaine Bullington said. “A lot of things can change between now and Saturday. It will be a good race at the end.”

After splitting a pair with Montreat College, the Knights took an 8-5 win over the Stingers to open a doubleheader on Friday. Natalie Hauser was 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and two runs. Evelyn Wells, Courtney Barnes and Rachel Wagoner all had two hits. Shey Steelman picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle for Surry.

In the second game, a 6-4 loss, Surry was led by Brandi Hudson, who was 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs. Brittany Myers was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Tori Clontz took the loss for the Knights.

On Sunday, Surry swept Patrick Henry, winning 4-1 in the first game and 11-2 in a five-inning second game. Steelman got the win and Wagoner went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Candace Newsome was 2-for-3 with a run.

In Game 2, Morgan Shiflett got the victory and Surry pounded the visitors for 11 hits. Wagoner, Sarah Scott, Myers and Emily Worley all had two hits in the win.

“Wagoner has really opened up her hitting a lot. She’s had a lot of solid hits, RBI hits,” Bullington said. “At Montreat, Courtney Barnes had two home runs. Our power is there and we are getting on base in front of them. Natalie Hauser is getting on in the leadoff spot. We are doing what we need to do to score runs.

“Our hitting is really coming around. We hope in the next 10 games, that sticks with us. Hitting is there, pitching has been there and the defense has been there. Richard Bland lost to Southeastern, which tightened the race a little bit. I feel like we are in a good spot right now.”

Surry travels to nationally-ranked Spartanburg-Methodist on Thursday for a nonconference doubleheader and then goes to Wake-Technical Community College on Friday.

The Knights close out the regular season April 24 at home against Wake-Tech. The Region X Tournament is scheduled for May 2-3 in Burlington.

“We feel like we are playing our best right now, and that’s what we want going into the last week of the season,” Bullington said.

Surry’s baseball team had a rough weekend at Catawba Valley Community College. The Knight dropped all three games to the Bucs — losing 10-3, 3-2 (10 innings) and 8-1.

Surry hosts New River Community College on Friday and Saturday in nonconference action.

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