North Greenville survives Brevard rally

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TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Brevard baseball team mounted a ninth-inning rally, but a bases-loaded double play to end the game snuffed out the comeback attempt and handed North Greenville a 3-1 victory.

Trailing 3-0 entering the ninth inning, pinch hitter Tyler Tant drew a leadoff walk to spark the rally. The Tornados (7-10) threatened in the ninth inning before Adam Boghosian the save. A walk and a single put two runners on with nobody out. After a fielder’s choice, Caleb Sherman was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Hunter Donaldson walked to drive in a run. But a 4-6-3 double play ended the game before the Tornados could complete the comeback.

The Crusaders (9-10) scored their lone run off Brevard starter James Phillips in the third inning. North Greenville loaded the bases in the third inning on a single, a double, and a walk with no outs before Phillips was lifted in favor of Tyler Konzen. Konzen induced a strikeout and got a ground ball to the left side of the infield that plated a run before a flyout ended the inning.

North Greenville tacked on another two runs in the sixth inning to take a 3-0 lead. A strikeout and a fielder’s choice left a runner on first with two outs before two straight walks loaded the bases. The next batter was hit by a pitch to plate the first run of the frame, then a full-count walk drove in another insurance run in an inning that saw five baserunners without the benefit of a hit.

The Tornados tallied six hits on the afternoon, led by a 2-for-4 performance with a walk from designated hitter Kody Spencer. Donaldson was 0-for-3, but had the Tornados’ lone RBI and reached base twice via bases on balls.

Cuyler McAuliffe earned the win in relief for North Greenville, scattering a pair of hits across four scoreless innings, while Phillips took the loss for Brevard. The Tornados used seven pitchers in the contest. Konzen was perfect in two innings of relief and had the most effective outing for a Brevard hurler.

The Tornados return to action on Friday in the first of a three-game South Atlantic Conference series with Mars Hill. Friday’s first pitch from Brevard’s Gil Coan Field is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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