North Greenville takes tight affair with TornadosMarch 31, 2015
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – A late rally in Brevard’s third meeting of the season with nonconference foe North Greenville fell a run short on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders held on for a 3-2 victory at Ashmore Field.
Playing North Greenville (20-17) for the second time in seven days after a meeting at the Greenville Drive’s Fluor Field on Wednesday, the Tornados (16-19) fell behind 3-0 before rallying for a pair of runs in the eighth. Brevard placed the go-ahead run on first base with one out in the ninth inning, but Crusaders’ closer Adam Boghosian retired the final two Tornados’ batters to preserve the win and earn his eighth save of the season.
The Crusaders struck first, plating a run in the bottom of the first off starter Kyle Pittman without the benefit of a hit. Each of the first two batters walked and were advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Jae Roberts lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to break the scoreless tie, but Pittman limited the damage to one run with a flyout and a groundout to end the inning.
North Greenville tacked on two more runs, both unearned, in the bottom of the sixth inning. Tony Davila reached on a two-out error after a walk to Roberts. Taylor McCuen drove in Roberts with a single to left field, then Davila came around to score after a ground ball off the bat of Foley George was misplayed in the infield to give the Crusaders a three-run cushion.
After threatening in the fourth, sixth, and seventh, the Tornados finally broke through with two runs of their own in the eighth. Two straight singles put runners on the corner with one out for Hunter Donaldson, whose RBI groundout gave Brevard its first run of the game. An error by the third baseman on a stolen base attempt allowed John Slade, who earlier in the game extended his hitting streak to a team-high eight games, to pull the Tornados to within a run.
Following a walk, North Greenville brought in Boghosian to attempt a four-out save. He struck out Christian Dix to end the eighth, then appeared to retire Pat Quinn on strikes to begin the ninth. But a passed ball allowed Quinn to reach, and a Brennan Allen sacrifice bunt put Quinn in scoring position with one out.
Matthew Proffitt drew a walk to put the go-ahead run on the basepaths, but Boghosian struck out Josh Hall on three pitches and induced a flyout on the first pitch to Slade to slam the door on the Tornados’ comeback attempt.
Pittman pitched very well in defeat, allowing three runs on just two hits in 6.0 innings of work. Teke Scudder finished the game with two innings of scoreless relief, allowing a single hit and striking out a batter.
North Greenville has now won all three meetings with Brevard this season by a total of four runs. Brevard fell victim to the Crusaders Tuesday despite outhitting North Greenville 7-3.
Tomorrow will see a scheduling oddity as the Tornados travel to Mars Hill for a single game that will be considered a nonconference affair for statistical purposes. The Tornados took two of three games from the Lions in March at Gil Coan Field in a conference series that saw Tyler Konzen awarded AstroTurf SAC Pitcher of the Week honors for saving both Brevard wins. First pitch from Mars Hill is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.