BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College baseball team ran past Virginia Intermont College 9-2 Tuesday in front of a home crowd as the Tornado won for the eighth straight time over the cross-town rival.
King got started in the first inning with two runs with back-to-back groundouts by C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Steven Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.). Heath Williams (Bristol, Va.) scored on Stabler's groundout from third as Williams singled and stole second. Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) reached on a single after Williams and also stole second before scoring on Mueller's ground ball.
The Tornado sent eight batters to the plate in the fifth and four eventually scored. Two of the runs scored when Snyder laid down a bunt in front of the mound and Sean Shehan threw the throw to first into right field. Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) and Williams both scored. Timberlake started the inning with a double then Williams followed with a single. Stabler added another RBI later and Mueller came home on a wild pitch as he stole third.
In all the Tornado ran to nine stolen bases as the team entered the game with eight in the previous five games. Seven of the nine starters had at least one hit with Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) going 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. His three hits are the most by a King player in a game this season. Walker and Snyder both extended hitting streaks to four games.
Williams, Timberlake and Doug Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.) each had two hits.
Virginia Intermont, with a 0-12 record, posted two runs in the eighth after King scored three more times in the seventh.
Wesley Houser (Knoxville, Tenn.) went seven shutout innings for King. He scattered three hits with three strikeouts.
The Cobras' Mickey Tichenor started on the mound and lasted three innings. King hit him for two runs on three hits.
Logan Welch, Zach Roberts and Mark Shultz each provided two hits and were the only Cobras with base hits in the game. One of Welch's hits was a double.
The Tornado, now at 3-3 on the season, welcomes Concord (W.Va.) University to Bristol for a three-game series this weekend. Saturday's doubleheader has a noon start with a 2 p.m. game Sunday.