Surry Community College’s baseball team recently wrapped up its season, and a handful of players were selected for honors by the coaching staff.
Courtney Crews was awarded the “Male Student Athlete of the Year” award. Crews has a 3.67 Grade Point Average and posted a 4.0 GPA in the fall. He hit two home runs, five doubles and had 10 RBIs this season.
Robbie Harrison was voted the team MVP. The freshman centerfielder hit .316 with 26 runs scored and 10 RBIs. Tyler Stotler was selected the Offensive Player of the Year, and Keon Holt was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Chase Saunders was named Pitcher of the Year. Coach Jamie Lowe said Saunders had some of the best statistics in Region X this season as a freshman.
Tanner Lomax (West Stokes grad) was named Most Improved and Jamison Nagle (South Stokes grad) won the Roy A. Vernon Coach’s Award, which is given to the baseball player who demonstrates outstanding citizenship, character, work ethic, and sportsmanship while also being a quality student-athlete.
Team manager Timmy Sawyers was given the Knight Appreciation Award.
Surry (18-19) struggled with injuries toward the end of the season — losing six straight league games heading into the Region X tournament. As a result, the Knights fell from second place to a No. 8 seed for the double elimination tournament, which was held in Elizabeth City.
The Knights surprised top seed Catawba Valley Community College in the first game — winning 8-6. Then they lost to Southeastern Community College, which moved them into the loser’s bracket. Coach Jamie Lowe said his team ran out of pitching by the third game, a 15-1 loss to Patrick Henry Community College.
Pasco-Hernando Community College (Fla.) ended up winning the tournament and earning an automatic bid to the JUCO World Series.
“We had a strong showing I thought in the tournament to be able to beat the No. 1 seed,” Lowe said. “The guys played well all year. Injuries and some lost pitching kind of set us back a little bit, but it was good to put it all together in the tournament and beat a good team.
“I hate to see this year end, but with strong recruiting class, and the players coming back I am excited about next year too.”