Brevard opens 2016 with doubleheader sweep of Emmanuel

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard began the season in impressive fashion Saturday with a doubleheader sweep over visiting Emmanuel.

The Tornados (2-0) won a pair of vastly different contests, shutting out Emmanuel (0-4) and allowing just four hits in a 4-0 victory before taking a 15-9 decision in the second game on the strength of a seven-run sixth inning.

Hunter Donaldson, a 2015 first team all-region selection as a utility pitcher, opened his season in impressive fashion. The senior struck out the first four batters he faced in the early game, dominating the Lions for the first five of the scheduled seven innings. He recorded eight punchouts in total, allowed just three hits, and saw just one runner advance past first base.

At the plate, Donaldson provided Brevard with all the offense it would need. His RBI fielder’s choice with two on and no outs gave Brevard a 1-0 advantage in the first inning. He ended his afternoon with a 1-for-4 performance in the second game, driving in a run and scoring two more in the Tornados’ high-scoring win.

Brevard scored a run on three hits in each of the first two innings, adding to its early lead with a Christian Dix RBI single. Pat Quinn crossed the plate after Quinn and Schuyler Martire set the table for Dix with consecutive two-out singles.

Martire delivered a pair of crucial insurance runs in the sixth inning on a booming bases-loaded double to left-center, scoring Brennan Allen and Ryan Smith to give Brevard its final margin. Allen then made his first pitching appearance in a Tornados’ uniform, retiring the first two batters he faced on strikes before pitching into trouble. Two walks and a throwing error loaded the bases for Emmanuel, but Allen induced a harmless popup to Martire at second to seal the Brevard victory.

While the Tornados led from the outset of Game One, the second contest featured a Brevard comeback completed in a disastrous sixth inning for Emmanuel.

The Lions sprung out of the gate with three runs in the first inning, then regained a three-run advantage in the fourth. Brevard trailed 6-5 heading into the inning but sent 11 men to the plate in a seven-run outburst. Matthew Proffit’s two-RBI single was the biggest blow of the frame, with Ryan Smith and Dix also recording an RBI. Smith would finish the contest with four RBI, while Dix went 4-for-6 in the second game and was 6-for-10 with three RBI and three runs scored on the afternoon.

Nathan Volz earned the win in relief of Tyler Konzen, giving up two runs on four hits in 2.0 innings on the mound. Jake Christian and Drake Black combined to allow one run over the final two innings to preserve Brevard’s second victory of the season.

The Tornados and Lions will conclude their series with a single game tomorrow in Franklin Springs, Georgia. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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