Brevard drops high-scoring game against Young Harris

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BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s baseball team hosted Young Harris in a regional contest on Tuesday afternoon, falling to the visiting Mountain Lions 16-9. With the result, the Tornados drop to 12-28 overall.

Young Harris (11-23) opened up the game with a three-run first inning, responded by one run from Brevard. Ryan Smith doubled to right center field to put a runner on base, advancing to third on a single from Hunter Donaldson. Caleb Jones brought his teammate home with off a fielder’s choice. Brevard added another run in the following inning, as Christian Dix blasted a single up the middle to score Schuyler Martire. Young Harris extended the lead to four with three runs in the third, but a RBI from Martire brought it back to within three at 6-3.

Following a defensive stand by the Tornados, the offense exploded for five run to take the 8-6 advantage. Brayden Morris and Dix opened up the frame with back-to-back hits to put runners on first and second, advancing a base on a sacrifice bunt from Smith. The two scored after a throwing error by the Mountain Lions allowed by to touch home and Jones to reach second base. With runners on second and third, Blaine Durham put the royal blue and white ahead with a three run blast to right field.

Following a pair of runs by Young Harris in the top of the fifth, Brevard retook the lead with a run in the bottom of the stanza. Martire began the response with a single through the right side. Martire stole three-consecutive bases during the ensuing at bats to put the Tornados ahead 9-8. The visitors scored seven runs in the sixth to take the lead for good, adding an insurance run in the eighth.

Dix, Donaldson, Martire and Brennan Allen all recorded multiple hits as the team posted 12 in the contest. The Tornados showed smarts in the batters’ box, only striking out three times in 42 at bats.

On the mound, Ryan Mercer got the start, allowing six runs, three earned, off eight hits. Tyler Timms and Drake Bell pitched the middle of the game with Tyler Luneke logging the final 3.2 innings with only one run allowed with three strikeouts.

Brevard is action on Friday, April 8 when they begin a three-game South Atlantic Conference series at Wingate.

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