April 10, 2011

Young Harris leaves King with two victories

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College saw Young Harris (Ga.) College take games two and three of the weekend's baseball series Sunday with a 7-1 decision in the suspended second game followed by a 16-2 score in the finale.

A weather delay that lasted overnight did not stop King from scoring first in the suspended game. Doug Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.) singled to start the day's action and later scored on a wild pitch that went all the way to the backstop from second base. Freeman's hit extended his season best hitting streak to six games which is also the longest current streak by a King player.

The day started with the conclusion of a game that started Saturday before a storm rolled in suspended the game in the bottom of the second.

Young Harris sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the third which resulted in four runs including Jack Morrow's two-run single. The Mountain Lions scored again in the fourth and added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

Daniel Glenn (Pineville, N.C.) went the first 2 2/3 innings of the game for King and was responsible for four runs, three earned, on four hits. He struck out two but walked three in his first decision of 2011.

Tyler Isbell completed 5 2/3 innings over the two days and gave up one run on four hits to run his record to 4-1.

The Mountain Lion got the game's only multi-hit player with Trey Rogers with two of the team's eight.

A new lineup for King started game two with three players making their first starts of 2011.

King was able to capitalize as Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) singled and then advanced to third after the throw from Adam Moore's pickoff attempt to first went towards right field. Snyder scored on Thomas Reed's (Radford, Va.) sharp single to right, his first hit of the season.

Snyder went onto finish 4-for-4, the first four-hit game by a Tornado player this season. The only other King hits were two from Reed and another from C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.)

The game's next two runs were scored by Young Harris, one in each of the second and third innings. After that the Mountain Lions roared for six scores in the fourth including back-to-back two-run hits from David Atwood and Josh Rudnik.

Young Harris then went on a scoring spree in the fourth with nine runs as the Mountain Lions were 9-for-12 with a hit batter, triple and two doubles. Eight players scored a run with Jack Morrow and Zach Bricknell each going 2-for-2 in the frame. Bricknell's hits were a triple and double.

King struck in the fifth when Snyder singled to right and Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) trotted home from third. Timberlake walked and then went to third on a throwing error on a flyout.

The visitors tacked on three more in the top of the seventh. Rogers delivered a two-run home run in the top of the fifth.

Wesley Houser (Knoxville, Tenn.) was hit for 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings on a dozen hits.

Young Harris saw Moore finish six innings with two unearned runs on three hits. He struck out nine batters and walked two.

All nine of Young Harris' starters had at least a hit with eight multi-hit efforts including a 4-for-5 day for Morrow. Rogers, Atwood and Rudnik all drove in three runs each.

King, now at 19-14 on the season, travels to Mars Hill (N.C.) College for a 3 p.m. contest Tuesday.