BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a post-tournament series with Young Harris College, King walked off with a 12-inning, 4-3 victory over the Mountain Lions on Thursday afternoon. Jarrod Payne sent the Tornado home with a win, hitting the game-winning single in the final frame.
Wes Houser (Knoxville, Tenn.) tossed another strong outing, going seven innings and allowing two runs in the no decision. He left the game in a 2-2 tie after striking out four. Dustin Pannell (Aiken, S.C.) came in and threw four innings of excellent relief work, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three Young Harris hitters. Brandon Houser (Kodak, Tenn.) earned the win as the winning of record when Payne hit the game-winning shot.
Jarrod Payne (Johnson City, Tenn.) served as the hero in the Tornado's 4-3 win, hitting the two-out, game-winning single to plate the winning run in the 12th inning. Carl Roberts led the inning off with a single but was forced out at second as part of a fielder's choice hit into by Bryant Walker. Garrett Cook drew a walk to put two runners on with two outs when Payne stepped to the plate against Young Harris pitcher Cody Beck. Payne picked his pitched and ripped a single, scoring Cook from second for the game winner.
After Spencer Thomas put the Mountain Lions on the board with a RBI single in the top of the fifth, King responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Both runs came unearned when a walk, error, and a wild pitch allowed Jarrod Payne to score the Tornado's first run and tie the game. They took the lead courtesy of a sacrifice fly hit by Tyler Gaby, scoring Brad Blanton.
Both teams swapped runs in the seventh inning on a RBI single from Sam Tarlton and Caleb Correll scoring as a result of an error by Young Harris. With a one-run lead, Young Harris tied the score in the eighth when leadoff hitter David Atwood singled and came around to score on trey Rodgers one-out single to left center against Pannell.
King improves to 29-20 overall on the season with the win over the Mountain Lions, their second extra-innings game with them this season. They are now 2-1 in games that go longer than nine innings this season. They will play their final two games of the regular season Friday, May 4, against Young Harris in a doubleheader set to begin at 12 p.m. from the King College Baseball Complex.