Brevard falls in neutral-site contests with King, Young Harris

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Playing in a round-robin event at Newberry featuring teams from all three conferences in the Southeast Region, Brevard fell 12-6 to King in Saturday’s early game before falling 17-10 to Young Harris to conclude play at the Smith Road Complex.


The Tornados were deadlocked with the King Tornado through three innings in the first game of the day before King exploded for 11 runs in the middle innings, including five each in the fifth and sixth frames.


King saddled Hunter Donaldson with his first loss of the season after chasing him from the game in the fifth inning. The Tornado began the inning with an error and a sacrifice bunt before an RBI single and a two-run home run extended King’s lead. A two-run double by King designated hitter Ryan Sattz highlighted the five-run sixth that pushed the Tornado’s advantage to 12-1.


Brevard attempted to claw back into the contest by beginning a rally in the seventh. Mathew Proffitt ripped a two-run double down the left field line with the bases loaded and no outs to start the scoring. The next batter was hit by a pitch, setting the table for Donaldson’s sacrifice fly. King was able to pick a runner off second base, however, and ended the inning with a fielder’s choice to the shortstop.


The Tornados inched closer in the eighth courtesy of a two-run blast by Parker Hubbard, but King was able to stifle the rally by stranding two in the eighth before retiring the Tornados in order in the ninth.


Brevard immediately returned to the field for a game against the Peach Belt Conference’s Young Harris. The Tornados led 10-8 after the seventh inning, but surrendered nine runs over the final two frames to fall 17-10 in a game that saw 27 runs scored and 32 total hits.


A bases-loaded triple down the left field line from Caleb Jones provided the biggest blow in a six-run seventh that propelled Brevard into the lead. Christian Dix and Ryan Smith also provided run-scoring hits in the inning that saw the Tornados send 11 men to the plate and pound out eight hits.


But Young Harris fought back with four runs in the eighth to retake the lead, then extended their advantage with five more in the ninth. The Tornados left a runner stranded in the eighth inning and went down in order in the final frame as Young Harris earned the victory. Dalton McKee faced just one batter, issuing a walk, but suffered his first loss of the season.


The Tornados return to action on Tuesday with a road date at Belmont Abbey. First pitch is at 2:00 p.m.


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