DOBSON — The Surry Knights pitching staff will get an added boost just in time for a key weekend baseball series on the road.
Sophomore right-hander Jordan Miller, who had surgery on his arm last summer, is expected to throw this weekend in a Region X series at Wake Technical Community College.
Coach Jamie Lowe said Miller, an East Surry grad, has worked hard in rehab this spring.
“He’ll make the pitching staff better when he gets back,” Lowe said. “His stamina has been building. He’s been throwing. He’s game ready. I don’t know if it will be for two innings or three innings. We’ll keep it short. He was solid last season. It will be an emotional lift to get him back. He’s that sophomore that could turn into the leader of the team.
“Hopefully it will be a boost that gives us a little extra.”
Winter weather across the state in February and March has made it tough on spring sports teams. Lowe said the team will have a good day of practice outside, and then the next day weather will push the team indoors. Snow, sleet and freezing rain hit the area late Thursday and into Friday.
Surry (6-4) and Wake Tech will play under the lights on Saturday, with the start time of Game 1 of a doubleheader in Raleigh moved back to 4 p.m. The Knights and Eagles are scheduled to play again on Sunday.
“We have three important games. We’d like to win the series, take two out of three,” Lowe said. “It would be nice to go down there and win three games, which is kind of hard to do. We are looking to play good baseball this weekend.”
Sophomore outfielder Connor Bodenhamer, from Davie County, has been battling an ankle injury early in the season. Lowe said he is back and seems to be healthy.
“Connor is one of the best hitters around,” Lowe said. “He’s a really talented kid that can really swing the bat. When he’s healthy, he’s fun to watch.”
Last weekend was a tough one for the Knights, who dropped a pair of 4-2 games in a doubleheader at home to Southeastern Community College-Whiteville on Saturday. Surry bounced back and won a 7-6 game against the same team on Sunday.
Lowe said the Knights had a chance to win both games Saturday.
“I felt like we were in all three games,” Lowe said. “We faced two really good left-handed pitchers. We worked all week hitting left-handed pitching in practice, and we really talked about our approach against those guys. I felt like we had good approaches in the game. We’d like to see them again. We had a good game plan going against those guys, but they flat-out beat us. We learned from it, and we got better.”
Lowe said the Knights hit the ball better in Sunday’s come-from-behind victory. Keon Holt, a sophomore third baseman, had a good day at the plate and Ashton Fleming, a sophomore infielder, drove in the winning run.
Through eight games, Holt led the team in hitting with a .364 average. Jamison Nagle, a freshman catcher, was hitting .333, Robbie Harrison, a freshman center fielder, is .321 and Tanner Lomax, a freshman second baseman, is .316.
“I feel like we are still making progress,” Lowe said. “I think our pitching is going to get a little bit better. Our hitting has steadily improved from our first practice until now. We’ve still got very good baseball left to play in us.”
Surry’s next scheduled home game is a non-region contest is Wednesday against Pasco-Hernando Community College at 2 p.m.