Brevard rallies to defeat Young Harris 11-7March 24, 2015
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Trailing by as many as three runs in the middle innings, Brevard scored seven times in the sixth and seventh to secure a come-from-behind victory in nonconference action, defeating Young Harris on the road 11-7 Tuesday evening.
The Tornados (14-16) trailed 6-3 as John Slade came to the plate to lead off the top of the sixth inning. He laced a single to right field on an 0-2 count and advanced to third on a sharp single by Ryan Smith. Blaine Durham, who recorded a school-record seven RBI’s in Saturday’s first contest at Lenoir-Rhyne, put the Mountain Lions (10-18) down 6-4 with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Two batters later, Pat Quinn smashed a double into left center that scored two runs, then was brought home on an infield single by Joseph Mesi to give Brevard a lead it would not relinquish.
The Tornados would add to their lead an inning later. Hunter Donaldson led off the seventh with a single, setting the table for a two-run home run by Matthew Proffitt that cleared the fence in left field. Quinn tallied another RBI, his third of the contest, later in the inning to make the score 10-6.
The Tornados pounded out 16 hits in the game and belted two home runs off Young Harris pitching, including a first-pitch solo shot off the bat of Brennan Allen in the second inning. Proffitt and Slade each had three hits on the day, while eight of the nine starters and both lineup insertions reached base safely.
Chip Helton earned the win after working the bottom of the fifth inning on the mound and allowing the Mountain Lions to score a run. James Phillips replaced him in the sixth and earned a rare four-inning save, allowing a run on three hits as Brevard built its lead. Phillips satisfied the requirement that a reliever who pitches effectively for at least three innings and finishes the game on the mound be credited with a save.
Tyler Konzen, who came into Tuesday with the second-most appearances on the mound in Division II, pitched a scoreless inning to improve his season ERA to 1.50 in 18 appearances. The Tornados also turned their 30th double play of the year in the contest, which ranks third in the nation in the Division II ranks.
Brevard travels to Greenville, South Carolina to face North Greenville for the second time this season tomorrow evening. Rather than playing on the Crusaders’ Tigerville campus, tomorrow’s contest will take place at Fluor Field in Greenville’s West End. The facility is the home of the Greenville Drive, a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and has the same field dimensions as Boston’s Fenway Park.
Tickets for tomorrow’s contest are $8 each and can be purchased at the Fluor Field box office, by calling (864) 240-4528, or online at www.greenvilledrive.com.