The Surry Knights baseball team will try to turn things around at home this weekend in the final series of the regular season. The Knights play two games on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., and close out the series with a game on Sunday at noon.
Surry (17-14 overall, 11-11 Region X) is coming off a tough series at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth. The Knights were swept, losing three games by scores of 5-1, 8-1, and 13-11. Surry was playing its first series after losing one of its best hitters, Connor Bodenhamer, to a season-ending injury.
Bodenhamer, who played high school ball at Davie County, suffered a broken thumb after being hit by a pitch against Spartanburg Methodist. He had successful surgery on Tuesday.
Bodenhamer was batting .270 with 20 hits, 11 runs, six doubles, two triples and 13 RBIs on the season.
“He’s a good kid and he meant a lot to our team,” Surry coach Jamie Lowe said. “Somebody will have to pick up the slack.”
After going into last weekend fourth in the Region X standings, the Knights fell into a tie for sixth.
The good news is Lowe said Surry’s record is still good enough to qualify for the Region X tournament, which is May 9-13 in Morehead City. Over the weekend, Lowe said his team ran into a good pitcher the first game who shut the Knights down. He said the other two games were hard fought, but Rockingham made the plays to win.
In the first game, Surry trailed just 2-0 going into the seventh, when Rockingham tacked on three more runs. Surry got a run in the eighth to avoid the shutout.
Scott Hoilman led the offensive attack for the Knights with a 2 for 4 effort at the plate. Courtney Crews doubled, and Jamison Nagle drove in Tanner Lomax for Surry’s only run of the game.
Tyler Pollard took the loss on the mound.
In Game 2, Rockingham (19-15, 12-10 Region X) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings, finished the game with eight hits, and capitalized on five Surry errors. Nagle was 1 for 1 with a double and a walk. Lomax scored the lone run for the Knights.
Chase Saunders took the loss.
The final game of the series turned into a slugfest, with 35 hits between the two teams. Surry had 17 hits in the game. The Knights trailed 13-9 going into the ninth inning, but could only get two more runs in.
Eli Ledford had a huge game at the plate — going 4 for 5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Crews was 3 for 5 with three runs. Nagle, Tyler Stotler, and Ashton Fleming each had two hits on the day. Surry committed four errors.
East Surry grad Jordan Miller was credited with the loss.
Surry is honoring local veterans with a Military Appreciation Day prior to Game 1 on Saturday. Veterans and active military personnel will be recognized at 12:30 p.m. on the Angus Tucker Baseball Field at Surry Community College. Hot dogs and drinks will be complimentary for all veterans. Admission to the game is free to everyone.
Patrick Henry is 33-14 overall and 17-8 in Region X play.
“Patrick Henry is probably going to finish in second place,” Lowe said. “They are a good team. They have a couple of strong hitters and a couple of pretty good arms. They’ve played everybody tough all year. It’s going to be a challenge at home to win the series.
“I hope we get good weather, and a good crowd. It’s a good thing to get these veterans out there and honor them. It’s something very small, but it’s a way for us to show we appreciate all they’ve done.”
Freshman center fielder Robbie Harrison currently leads the Knights at the plate with a .318 average this season. He also leads the team in runs scored (25), hits (34), and stolen bases (16).