O'Dell, Hixson lead Tornados bats in loss to King

Rain delay sparks King offense to victory over Brevard

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Bristol, Tenn. - Randy O’Dell had his first three hit game of the season and Bennett Hixson added a pair of RBIs, but King’s bats came alive after a 25 minute rain delay in the second inning, led by a pair of triples by Bryant Walker as the Tornado topped Brevard at the KC Baseball Complex on Wednesday afternoon, 10-5.

Joseph Lepore (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season as the Tornados fall to 15-16 on the year. Daniel Glenn improved to 3-0 on the year for King (18-9) as the hosts recorded their second consecutive win over Brevard in two years.

Brevard went ahead early in the game, placing their first run of the game across the plate in the top of the first as Zach Merriken reached by getting hit by a pitch and Eric Renegar drew a walk. A fly out by Cody Queen advanced Merriken to third, where he scored on O’Dell’s infield single to give Brevard the 1-0 advantage. Hixson followed with a base hit up the middle, bringing Renegar around to double the BC lead.

After Lepore retired King in the bottom half of the inning, the teams were held off the field for a 25 minute rain delay, and the Tornado battled back after the break, evening the score in the bottom of the second. Tyler Gaby tripled down the right field line with two outs, scoring Shane Timberlake and Garrett Cook to knot the game up at two.

The tie was short-lived as King plated four runs in the next inning, with Walker providing the big hit in the inning, driving a triple down the right field line, scoring Stephen Mullins and Danny Laperna. Freeman and Mullins also brought in runs in the frame to put the score at 6-2 after three.

Brevard and King traded runs in the fourth inning as Chad Funkhouser singled in Whit Bowen in the top half of the inning, while Carl Roberts brought in Cook with a base hit in the bottom half of the frame to retain the four run lead.

King added another run in the fifth as Timberlake singled in Walker to stretch the margin to 8-3.

BC added two more runs in the top of the seventh as Renegar singled in Merriken in the inning, while Hixson brought in Queen to cut the deficit to 8-5. However, Freeman followed a Walker triple with a double, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to put King up 10-5 with two innings to play.

Brevard placed one final runner on base in the eighth as Funkhouser reached on a two-out single, but King was able to retired the final four batters in succession to take home the win.

The Tornados return home to Gil Coan Field on Friday, March 23rd, as Brevard welcomes Tusculum College for the first game of their South Atlantic Conference weekend series. First pitch of the game is set for 3 p.m. At the conclusion of the game, the Tornados and the Pioneers will participate in the St. Baldrick’s "BaseBald" fundraiser for childhood cancer research. For more information on the BaseBald event, visit www.BCTornados.com.

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