Limestone comes away with narrow Senior Day win

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BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard honored its 13 fourth-year players with an all-senior lineup on Wednesday afternoon at Gil Coan Field, with the veterans falling in a narrow 4-2 decision against Limestone in the final home game of the 2016 season.

Limestone (14-27) scored single runs in four frames, including big insurance runs in the sixth and eighth innings, after falling behind early to score the victory in come-from-behind fashion.

The Tornados (13-32), however, were not without their share of defensive highlights. Brevard turned its 38th double play of the year and set a season high with three outfield assists, including two from left fielder Blaine Durham.

Brevard also got a big contribution from first baseman Kyle Morrison, as the Greensboro native deposited his third home run of the season just to the right of the scoreboard in right field to give Brevard a 2-1 lead in the second inning. His bomb came on an 0-2 count just moments after leadoff hitter Kody Spencer fought off a full-count offering from Bradley Norman through the middle for a single.

Morrison finished his day with two hits and a pair driven in. Parker Hubbard also finished with two hits, shooting a pair of opposite-field singles into right field. Spencer and designated hitter Ryan Smith provided the rest of the Brevard offense with a hit apiece.

Jay Phillips took the loss after a gritty performance that saw him last into the sixth inning. The left-hander struck out two, gave up nine hits, and counted one unearned run among the three he allowed on the day. He threw the most efficient inning of his career in the fourth frame, retiring the side on three pitches on a flyout and a pair of groundouts.

Phillips also had a six-pitch inning in the second and retired a total of seven batters on the first pitch during his 5.1 innings of work. Ryan Mercer was impressive in relief, allowing a run on three hits in 3.2 innings on the mound.

Limestone struck for a run in the first inning, with Durham helping to ensure that the damage would not worsen. The Saints’ Chase Allen served a single to left center with runners on first and second and two outs in the inning. Durham’s throw to the plate pulled Spencer away from the bag and allowed the first run to score, but Spencer immediately threw to shortstop Pat Quinn covering third base for the third out of the inning.

Durham’s strike in the eighth momentarily helped keep the deficit at one run before the Saints went on to tack on insurance later in the inning. Allen doubled into the left field corner as Durham found the cutoff man in the form of Quinn. Brett Duckett attempted to score from first, but Quinn’s throw was perfect and just in time to nab the speedy Duckett as he slid in.

Matthew Proffitt also got in on the action in the third inning. His rocket from medium depth in center field negated a would-be sacrifice fly by triggering an 8-2 double play to again keep the Saints off the board.

While the Brevard defense was extremely impressive and the Tornados’ hurlers held Limestone at bay, the offense was unable to replicate its seasonlong success on Wednesday. Brevard managed six hits and got just two men into scoring position after Morrison’s second-inning bomb.

Brevard will have a week off before traveling to face Young Harris at 6:00 p.m. next Wednesday, April 20 in the team’s final nonconference game of the season. Brevard will then conclude the 2016 slate with a three-game series at Lincoln Memorial April 22 and 23.

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