Salisbury, N.C. - Preston Lyon led off the bottom of the 11th with a double down the right field line and came around to score as Tyler Smith drew a bases loaded walk as the Falcons topped the Tornados in Brevard’s first game of the season, 5-4.
Pfeiffer got on the board first on Brevard starter Zack Simpson as the Falcons opened up the bottom of the third inning with back to back base hits by Smith and Kevin Price. After Simpson retired Boehme on strikes, Smith and Price advanced on a double steal before Jacob Yates brought them both home with a double in the left center gap. Lyon drove Yates home two batters later, reaching on an infield error as the Falcons went up 3-0.
Brevard responded with a run in the top of the fourth as Kramer Clark reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third as Ethan Pressley drove a double to left centerfield.
Randy O’Dell brought Clark home, hitting a grounder on a 2-2 offering from Pfeiffer starter Bryan Tuttle to the right side of the infield, scoring the junior second baseman.
Pfeiffer responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning as Aarin Sharpe reached on an infield error to lead off the inning, before coming around to score on Price’s sacrifice fly to right field.
The Tornados added another run in the top of the fifth. Alex Bedenbaugh drew a full count walk with two outs and came all the way around to score on Brett Brinson’s base hit to right field as the relay into the infield was misplayed by the Pfeiffer shortstop, cutting the score to 4-2.
After a one-out walk to BC catcher Zack Merriken in the top of the seventh, junior shortstop Steele Myers swung at the first offering from Tuttle, lifting the pitch over the left field fence for the Tornados first home run of the 2011 season, tying the game at 4 apiece.
Pitching took over in the eighth as both teams made substitutions on the mound, with Casey Smith (0-1) coming in for Brevard and Ethan Marsh (2-0) for Tuttle and both teams went down 1-2-3 in the ninth as the game headed to extra innings.
Pfeiffer challenged in the bottom of the tenth as Price reached third with two outs on a Barham fly ball to centerfield, but Smith retired Wade on strikes to end the Falcons’ threat.
Clark was stranded on first in the top of the 11th, before the Falcons took over in the bottom half of the inning. Lyon opened up the inning with a double down the line, reaching third on Gray’s sacrifice bunt. After the Tornados intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases, Smith worked a full count before drawing the game-ending walk, giving Pfeiffer the 5-4 victory.
Myers led the Tornados offensive effort, driving in two on his home run, while Simpson pitched seven innings, striking out seven, while walking zero. Yates was Pfeiffer’s leading hitter in the contest, going three-for-three with a double, while driving in two. Tuttle also went seven innings in garning no decision, striking out seven while walking three.