Black, Timms shut down Saints for second straight win

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GAFFNEY, S.C. – Late-innings pitching dominance and timely hitting throughout the lineup led the Tornados to an 8-5 victory over Limestone on Wednesday afternoon.

Right-handed sophomore Drake Black climbed the mound in an unenviable position in the sixth inning. Limestone (10-14) had already scored twice in the inning and had runners on second and third with one out when Black was called upon. Both of the batters he faced were cut down on swinging strikeouts, turning the game back over to the Brevard offense.

Caleb Jones’ RBI double and a Pat Quinn sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh made Black, who earned a win in relief against California (Pa.) two days ago, the pitcher of record. Tyler Timms entered to begin the seventh and mystified the Saints for the final three innings. He retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing a single on an 0-2 count with two down in the ninth. He induced a popup into shallow left field two pitches later to earn a three-inning save, the first of his career.

The Tornados struck early with a three-run first inning. Ryan Smith’s single to right field scored the first run of the game in the form of Christian Dix after Dix and Hunter Donaldson reached on consecutive walks. Schuyler Martire hit a run-scoring single up the middle to extend the lead, with a Pat Quinn fielder’s choice plating the third run.

Brevard’s (8-14) offense was paced by Smith, who finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Martire and Brayden Morris also recorded two hits apiece, with Quinn chipping in two RBI on a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly despite going hitless on the afternoon.

The Saints scored their runs in bunches, notching two in the third and three in the sixth while outhitting the Tornados 11-9. Limestone broke through against Brevard starter Tyler Luneke in the third, scoring on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to trim Brevard’s lead to 3-2.

Limestone tied the game at five runs apiece in the sixth with a bases-loaded walk and a two-run single before Black entered the game to limit the damage.

Brevard returns to action on Friday with a 6:00 p.m. game at Tusculum.

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