Tornados fall to Shorter on Walk-off

By Bryant Baucom

ROME, GA. - Longballs from seniors Kyle Morrison (Greensboro, N.C.) and Blaine Durham (Westfield, N.C.) powered the Tornados offense as Brevard (2-6) dropped the series finale to Shorter University (6-0) in the bottom of the ninth 8-7.

Morrison smacked his second four bagger of the series, moving him to second in the South Atlantic Conference in home runs while Durham’s 2-RBI performance tied him for fourth in RBI in the conference.

Raul Cortes homered to start the top of the ninth inning for the Hawks, knotting the score up at 7. With the score tied with two outs and a runner on third, a wild pitch allowed Blaze Vazquez to cross home and give Shorter the series sweep with an 8-7 victory.

The Tornados opened up the scoring for the third time in the series in the bottom of the first with a solo home run from Morrison, his second of the series.

Shorter tied the game in dramatic fashion as Williams Winslow stole home to get the Hawks on the board.

Brevard would respond in the top half of the second with two runs of their own. A miscue on a groundball to shortstop by Parker Hubbard (Salisbury, N.C.) allowed the Tornados to regain the lead. Schuyler Martire (Pine Brush, N.Y.) took advantage of his plate appearance by tallying a double and bringing home Matt Lynch (Hartsville, S.C.).

The Hawks took the lead two innings later as they used two hits and a Winslow homer to take the lead at 4-3.

Following a pitching change in the top of the sixth, Brevard gave the fresh arm a warm welcome. Blaine Durham sent an inside pitch over the left field fence bringing home Brayden Morris (Pulaski, Va.) who reached on an error by the third basemen.

The Tornados would tack on two more runs in the top of the seventh as Donny Carsillo (Waxhaw, N.C.) and Morris tallied an RBI apiece, stretching the Tornado lead to 7-4.

Shorter replied with runs in the seventh and eighth to cut the Brevard lead to just one.

The Brevard offense was propelled by four different who tallied two hits each. Morrison and Durham both recorded home runs while Durham added in two RBI. Martire and Carsillo both recorded two hits and an RBI.

Tyler Konzen (Orlando, Fla.) threw six innings of quality baseball while allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out two. Tyler Timms (Williamston, N.C.) threw 2 ⅔ innings of relief and was credited with the loss.

The Tornados will return to the diamond on Tuesday, Feb. 14th as they play host to Young Harris College at Gil Coan Field with first pitch scheduled for 2:00pm.

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