Tornado Fall to Bobcats in Finale
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In their final game of a three contest set, the King Tornado dropped a 9-3 decision to the No. 23 Georgia College Bobcats on Saturday afternoon. Cory Snyder has a second straight two-hit game as the Tornado fell to 1-2 after their first weekend of play.
Georgia College scored four runs in the first three innings off of sophomore pitcher Reiss Stanley (Lenoir City, Tenn.). Bobcat left fielder with a double to center field, one of his two hits on the day. Tanner Funk brought him around on a single to center to take a 1-0 lead. A sacrifice down the first side plated another run for the hosts in the second inning. The third inning featured a RBI double by Karsten Strieby and a run-scoring single by Cody Maas to guide GC to a 4-1 advantage.
King scored their first run in the top of the third, unearned, after Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) came around on a single up the middle after center fielder Patrick Daugherty booted the ball, allowing Timberlake to round the bases.
Jarrod Payne (Johnson City, Tenn.) came alive in the fourth inning with a RBI single to left, plating Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.). Huffman led off the inning with a single to center before scoring from second on the Payne single.
Though the Bobcats put the game away in the sixth with a three-run inning from back-to-back doubles by Funk and Travis Echols to take a 7-2 lead.
Both teams exchanged runs in the seventh frame. King's run came via a single by Cory Snyder's second hit of the game, a single to right, plating Tyler Orndorff (Stephenson, Va.). Georgia College added another run in the eighth by way of a Daniel Bick single.
Reiss Stanley (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs in 3.2 innings of work. The sophomore struck out four and walked three against 21 batters. The combination of Jake Portugal (Barrington, R.I.), Daniel Glenn (Pineville, N.C.), and Brandon Houser (Kodak, Tenn.) combined for 1.1 of quality relief, allowing only two hits and one unearned run while striking out two and walking one.
King (1-2) will travel to Florence, S.C. to participate in the Auddie Brown Classic on Feb. 11 and 12. They will play Young Harris and preseason No. 1 Francis Marion before returning to the King Baseball Complex for their home opener on Feb. 18 against Salem International.