Tornados split Sunday doubleheader with King

By: Bryant Baucom

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C.- The Brevard College Tornados (1-3) split a doubleheader on Sunday with the King Tornado (3-1) by winning the first game 10-8 and dropping the series finale by the final of 7-3. The Brevard pitching staff saw strong outings from Drake Black (Williamston, S.C.) and Tyler Timms (Williamston, S.C) while the offense used the hot bats of Blaine Durham (Westfield, N.C.) and Donny Carsillo (Waxhaw, N.C.) to earn a win on the afternoon.

Game One:

The Brevard College Tornados took game one of a doubleheader against the King Tornado by the final of 10-8 on Sunday at Gil Coan Field. Drake Black earned the win on the mound for the Tornados after going 3 ⅓ innings out of the bullpen while Blaine Durham propelled the Tornado offense to victory with three hits and four RBI.

Senior Teke Scudder (Cornell, Ill.) took the mound for his first appearance of the season, starting off strong and striking out the side in the top of the first. Scudder would battle through a six run second inning for King and settle down to throw a scoreless third frame.

Scudder exited the game with 2 outs in the fourth inning after going 3 ⅔ innings and allowing 3 earned runs and six runs total.

Brevard would get on the board in the bottom of the third with a five run inning. Senior Kyle Morrison (Greensboro, N.C.) would get the scoring started with his second and third RBI of the season on a double down the right field line that brought home Schuyler Martie (Pine Brush, N.Y.) and Parker Hubbard (Salisbury, N.C.).

Durham would bring home Morrison with his first RBI of the game on a single up the middle. On the following at-bat, senior Tyler Konzen (Orlando, Fla.) would collect his first RBI of the season on a double to left center that drove Durham across home plate from second.

Junior Josh Hall (Asheville, N.C) would finish off the scoring in the third inning with his first

RBI of the season on a single to right center that knocked in Konzen.

The Tornados would take their first lead of the season in the bottom of the fourth as they tacked on two runs. Brevard would go on top when Durham took the outside pitch down the left field line for his second and third RBI of the game as Carsillo and Martire came around to score.

King would even up the score in the top half of the fifth on a Nicolas Keister single that brought home Tyler Bailey.

Brevard took the lead and never looked back in the bottom of the fifth. A sac bunt by Hall allowed freshman Wyatt Farrior (Decatur, Ala.) to tally his first collegiate hit and RBI to bring home Brayden Morris (Pulaski, Va.) and give the Tornados the 8-7 lead.

The Tornados extended their lead to three in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Durham for his fourth RBI of the game and a single by Morris that drove home Durham.

King tacked on one run in the final frame before Black shut the door to give Brevard their first win of the season.

Offensively, Kyle Morrison bolstered the bats for the Tornados with a two hit, 2 RBI performance. Konzen and Morris would both record two hits and an RBI for Brevard.

Game Two:

The Brevard College Tornados (1-3) dropped the backend of a doubleheader to the King Tornado (3-1) by the score of 7-3.

Junior Tyler Timms got the start for the Tornados in the second game of the doubleheader. Timms would go four innings plus in his first start of the season, giving up six runs, five earned on five hits.

King scored the first run of the game in the top of the second on a wild pitch that allowed Dylan Sligh to cross the plate.

In the bottom of the third, Brevard would use a triple down the left field line by Carsillo to score Martire and give the Tornados their first run of the game. Morrison would even up the score at two with a single through the right side that allowed Carsillo to scamper home.

The Tornado of King proceeded to add a run in the third and score two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

In the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Roon (Dallas, Ga.) would use a double down the right field line to drive in freshman Joe Nelms (Malabar, Fla.) and notch his first collegiate hit and RBI.

The Tornado offense was led by Carsillo who tallied two hits and an RBI. Six different Tornados recorded a hit in the ballgame while freshman Joe Nelms collected his first collegiate hit on a double to right center.

Freshmen Kris Yarbrough (Monroe, N.C.) and Kross Robinson (Morganton, N.C.) made relief appearances for the Tornados. Yarbrough gave up one run on one hit in two innings of work while Robinson threw a scoreless frame, allowing just one hit.

The Tornados will return to the diamond on Tuesday, Feb. 7th as they travel to the Peach State to take on nonconference opponent Toccoa Falls with first pitch scheduled for 2:00pm.

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