King surprises higher seeds at NCCAA World Series
The Tornado, the event's No. 10 seed, has a 2-0 record after the first two games of Pool B play. Later Wednesday defending national champion North Greenville (S.C.) University, the No. 6 seed, takes on No. 3 seed Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) University at 2:30 p.m. before Judson, the No. 2 seed, and seventh-seeded the Master's face off at 5:15 p.m.
King will play again Thursday against Mount Vernon Nazarene with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.) and C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) both went 3-for-4 against the Master's. Gaby stole a base with two runs scored and Stabler drove in two runs.
Both teams combined for 15 hits, nine for King and the rest for the Master's, and all were singles.
Reiss Stanley (Lenoir City, Tenn.) made his first start of the season and his first appearance since Feb. 13 in the contest. He tossed six innings with three runs, one earned, on six hits. He struck out five, walked one and hit another batter.
David Prichard (Hamilton, Ohio) came in and tossed a perfect seventh inning for his second save of the season. The final out was a strikeout after two flyouts.
Tyler Bersano went the distance for the Master's. King scored four runs, three were earned, on nine hits. He did not walk a Tornado batter with six strikeouts.
Henry Price and Ben Ives both had two hits apiece for the Mustangs.
King scored in the top of the first before the Mustangs tied things in the bottom half. The Master's grabbed the lead with a score in the second. The Tornado tied things in the fourth before scoring their final two runs in the fifth. The Master's tried a rally with a sixth-inning score.
In a rematch from last year's event King made it two straight wins over Judson.
Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) started the Tornado offense against the pool's top seed. Cook delievered a double into the left field corner in the second inning to score two runs, Heath Williams (Bristol, Va.) and Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.). Both runners reached on singles earlier in the frame. Cook came in on Gaby's single to center for the Tornado's third score.
Judson scored in the top of the third, but King extended the lead with two runs in the fourth. Both runs came in when Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) singled to right center. Cook and Williams were the runners to come home.
King had to answer Judson's fifth-inning score and the Tornado scored in the bottom half on a RBI single to left from Williams with the bases loaded.
The Tornado tacked on two insurance runs in the home half of the sixth after Judson posted a run in the previous half inning.
Williams ended the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Cook only had one hit, but it drove in two and he scored twice with a walk earlier in the game. Snyder was 2-for-4 and had two RBIs to go along with two stolen bases.
Cory Rhodes (Kissimmee, Fla.) went the opening 5 1/3 innings and was responsible for the three runs on 11 hits. He struck out three and walked one as his record improved to 8-5. The eight wins are the most by a King pitcher since Danny McCreedy won 10 times in 2005.
Nick Melcher (Orlando, Fla.) recorded a five-out save. The only blemish was a walk and he did strike out one in his third save of 2011.
Ben Palmer went four-plus innings for Judson. Palmer gave up six runs on 10 hits with a walk, three strikeouts and three hit batters.
Giovanni Cantwell was a perfect 3-for-3 while Matt McHenry was 2-for-3.
In 2010 King knocked Judson out of the championship with an 11-1 score.