Coming off a confidence-boosting win against nationally-ranked Spartanburg Methodist, the Surry Knights baseball team could be poised for a strong finish to the regular season.
The Knights (16-11) split with the Pioneers, the No. 2 ranked NJCAA Division I team in the country, winning the second game 6-2.
Jamison Nagle hit a two-run homer for the Knights, who have won three of four games after being swept at Catawba Valley Community College.
“It was good to beat Spartanburg Methodist,” coach Jamie Lowe of Surry said. “Getting a win against a high-caliber team such as them should give our guys a boost. It was a pretty exciting win.”
Lowe said his team got timely hits and good pitching from three guys — Zach Winkler, Chase Saunders and Corbin Easter. Saunders got the win to improve to 3-2.
Nagle, a South Stokes grad, is hitting .288 with and he leads the team with two home runs, nine doubles, and 14 RBIs through 25 games.
Keon Holt, Connor Bodenhamer and Robbie Harrison were all hitting over .300 for Surry.
Surry currently sits in third place in the Region X standings at 10-8. Lowe said it was important to get a win after a tough outing a couple of weekends ago against the Bucs (25-3).
“We went to Catawba Valley two weekends ago and played probaly the best team in our region,” Lowe said. “We had some easier games last weekend, and we had a true test (Tuesday).”
Surry has six regular season games left — three against Rockingham Community College, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon. The Knights close the Region X series with a nine-inning game Sunday at 1 p.m.
The final series is at home against Patrick Henry Community College on May 3. This year’s Region X tournament is at Morehead City.