Gaby ends King victory in grand style
BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College baseball team scored eight unanswered runs in an 8-4 win over Young Harris (Ga.) College which included a walk off grand slam before weather suspended game two Saturday.
Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.) picked a great time for his first home run of the season, a grand slam game winner in the bottom of the ninth. Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) led the inning off with a triple then back-to-back intentional walks loaded the bases for Gaby. Gaby went onto finish 3-for-5, his fourth 3-hit effort of 2011, with two runs scored. It was his third multi-RBI contest of the season and the third time a Tornado player had four RBIs in a game in 2011.
The Tornado went to 19-12 after the contest while Young Harris has a 19-20 record.
King got on the board when Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.) singled to right in the fourth and C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) scored. Stabler was on with a single and moved up on a balk.
Huffman added another RBI in the sixth with his groundout and Gaby came in to make the score 4-2.
Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) led off the Tornado seventh with a home run, his team-high eighth of the season.
Steven Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.) tied things at 4-4 with a RBI single up the middle in the home half of the eighth. Stabler scored again after he singled and moved up to second on a failed pick off attempt.
Stabler, Huffman, Mueller and Timberlake all had two hits apiece.
Nick Melcher (Orlando, Fla.) recorded the final two outs for King in the top of the ninth to improve to 3-1.
A sacrifice fly by Tommy Ferguson in the second put Young Harris on the board. The Mountain Lions scored two more in the third and again in the fourth.
Evan Carr and Jack Morrow each went 2-for-5 for Young Harris.
The 1-3 hitters for King went 5-for-13 in the contest while the Young Harris top three hitters in the line up went 0-for-11.
Young Harris' Brice Merritt completed an inning with four hits, five runs, two intentional walks and a strikeout.
Game two was into the bottom of the second inning before Saturday's storm moved into the area shortly after 4 p.m.
On Sunday game two of the series will resume at 1 p.m. and then game three will start after that.