Proffit's home run not enough as Tornados fall to Limestone

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BREVARD, N.C. – Seven runs by visiting Limestone in the third and fourth innings proved to be the difference of Brevard’s nonconference battle Tuesday as the Saints took a commanding lead and held on for an 8-4 victory.

Limestone (15-26) broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the third inning, all coming with two outs. The Saints tacked on another four runs an inning later, all off Brevard (19-25) starter Kyle Pittman.

Pittman, however, only allowed one run in his other five innings on the mound in a gritty performance. Half of Limestone’s eight runs were unearned, and he enjoyed a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. He sat two hitters down on strikes and did not issue a free pass during the contest. Teke Scudder closed the game with two perfect innings, needing just 21 pitches to retire the final six Saints’ batters.

With Brevard trailing 8-2 heading into the ninth inning, right fielder Tyler Tant slapped a single through the left side to lead off the inning. After a popup for the first out, Matthew Proffitt crushed his fourth home run of the year deep to left center field to cut the deficit to 8-4. Limestone’s Dylan Miller recorded the final two outs, however, ending the threat and preserving the victory for the Saints.

The hits were even at 10 apiece, but Limestone took advantage of five Brevard errors to double up on the Tornados in the run column. Center fielder Michael Gonzalez had a tremendous day at the plate for Limestone, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Shortstop Logan Conley had a pair of hits, while starting pitcher James Deal scored a pair of runs and drove in two more to aid the offensive attack.

Hunter Donaldson showed the way for Brevard with an identical day at the plate as Limestone’s Gonzalez. Tant was the only other Tornado to notch multiple hits on the day, as seven Brevard batters tallied at least one base hit. Donaldson scored Brevard’s first run of the game on a misplayed ground ball by the Saints’ infield, while Joey Macaluso and Donaldson combined to plate Brevard’s second run on a pair of eighth-inning doubles.

Brevard will conclude its regular season with a Senior Day contest against Young Harris Wednesday at 3:00 at Gil Coan Field. Brevard defeated the Mountain Lions 11-7 on March 24 in the teams’ only previous meeting this season.

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