Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College softball team was able to sweep the Young Harris Mountain Lions at the Brevard College Softball Field on Wednesday. The Tornados used clutch hitting, including a Chelsi Mallory home run to win both games by just a run, 5-4 and 4-3.
The Tornados improved their record to 13-5 on the season, while the Mountain Lions fell to 6-12 on the year.
Game One: Brevard 5, Young Harris 4
Young Harris was able to draw first blood in the opener when Kayla Jones hit a leadoff solo shot in the top of the third inning, making it 1-0 in favor of Brevard.
The Tornados did all of their damage in the fourth when they were able to plate five runs. Kayla Dorsey (West Palm Beach, Fla.) led off this inning by reaching on a fielding error by the Young Harris shortstop. Chelsi Mallory (Mechanicsville, Va.) was able to get on with a bunt single, moving Dorsey to second. Kayla Clemens (Sebring, Fla.) was next to the plate and drove in a pair of runs after a throwing miscue by the pitcher, making it 2-1 with the Tornados on top.
Clemens was able to advance to third on the throwing error by the pitcher. Becca Curlee (Eagle River, Alaska) hit a bunt single in the next at-bat, and followed up by stealing second. Ally Davenport (High Point, N.C.) walked, loading the bases for her sister, Meredith Davenport (High Point, N.C.).
Meredith Davenport hit an infield single plating both Curlee and Clemens. After Davenport’s single, Brevard led 4-1. Brittany Fowler (Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA) drove in the final run of the inning by reaching on a throwing error by the third baseman which plated Ally Davenport from third, making it 5-1.
Despite the Mountain Lions best efforts they were unable to surmount a comeback and fell 5-4 after scoring a run in the fifth, and two in the sixth, Martika Elmore (Fayetteville, N.C.) was able to hold off the Young Harris offense.
Elmore pitched the entire game for Brevard, picking up her sixth win. She moved to 6-3 and struck out 11 in the win. She was touched for four runs on eight hits, while walking four.
Chelsi Mallory and Becca Curlee each had a pair of base knocks in the win, while Kayla Clemens and Meredith Davenport each had a pair of RBI.
Game Two: Brevard 4, Young Harris 3
Young Harris was able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead in the nightcap as well, by plating one in the third. After doubling and then stealing third, Kayla Jones was able to score on Emily Wilson’s groundout.
Brevard was unable to answer until the fourth when they scored one of their own. Curlee opened up the inning by singling up the middle. Sarah Carlos (Eagle River, Alaska) moved Curlee up on a sacrifice bunt. Brittany Jones (Fort Mill, S.C.) moved Curlee to third after flying out to right field. With a runner at third, Meredith Davenport stepped in and hit an infield single, scoring Curlee and nodding things up at one run a piece.
The Tornados were able to gain the lead for the first time in the fifth. Dorsey reached on a fielding error by the Young Harris pitcher, which brought Chelsi Mallory to the plate with one-runner on. Mallory was able to lift one up and out of the yard over the left centerfield fence, giving Brevard a 3-1 lead. The two-run shot was Mallory’s third dinger of the year.
The Tornados weren’t done in the fifth as Becca Curlee hit a two-out double to right center. Carlos was able to plate Curlee from second when she hit a single up the middle, putting Brevard up 4-1.
Young Harris responded with two runs in the sixth, but freshman pitcher, Alyssa Miller (Davie, Fla.) was able to hold off the Mountain Lions’ comeback attempt as the Tornados snuck by with a 4-3 victory.
Miller pitched her seventh complete game of the season, and picked up her seventh win. Miller is now 7-2 on the season, as she struck out seven and allowed three runs, two earned on three hits in the win.
Two Tornados had multi-hit games as Chelsi Mallory and Becca Curlee were each 2-for-3. Mallory came around to score once and had two RBI, while Becca Curlee scored a pair of runs.
The Tornados are back in action on March 8th when they host Davis and Elkins for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the Brevard College Softball Field.