BRISTOL, Tenn. – Garrett Cook hit his second home run of the season to spark the King College bats, as they took a 10-6 win over Mars Hill. The Tornado scored 10 runs on 11 hits on Tuesday to win their eighth straight game.
Cook, a native of Luray, Va., scored three times and reached base five of the six times he went to the plate. He jumpstarted King's offense with a two-run home run as part of a three-run second inning. Jarrod Payne (Johnson City, Tenn.) knocked in Tyler Orndorff on a bunt he placed up the first base line.
King scored one run in four of the next five innings plus a pair in the fifth. The Tornado plated a run in both the third and fourth innings on Lion errors. Danny Laperna (Lake Worth, Fla.) knocked home Josh Huffman on a single through the right side of the infield, while Jon Bullington walked another run in after King loaded the bases in the fourth.
The Tornado's two-run fifth made the difference when Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) led off the inning with a single before Austin Art walked the bases loaded. Cody Snyder got back on track after his 12-game hit streak came to an end this past weekend. The sophomore second baseman lined a single over the glove of MHC third baseman Jake Wooten and into left field, scoring Walker. A grounder to the right side by Carl Roberts plated Payne to take an 8-3 lead.
Mars Hill added three runs in the eighth inning via two run scoring singles by Tyler Shuler and Michael Bueker, but was not enough to overcome King.
The Tornado improve to 9-5 overall and will jump back into conference play this weekend at Coker College. They will begin their three-game series on Saturday, March 3, with a doubleheader to begin at 12:00 p.m.