Stanley's complete game lifts Tornado past Limestone
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a contest where the start was pushed back nearly two hours, Reiss Stanley had a masterful performance on the mound for the King University baseball team. Facing one of Conference Carolinas' best hitting teams, the senior kept the Limestone College offense off balance in his first career collegiate complete game, a 6-3 Tornado victory.
The Lenoir City, Tenn., native worked around a pair of runners in the first inning, but stranded them on second and third, giving the Tornado offense a chance to strike first. King (15-27-1, 6-10 CC) did breakthrough first, but it was in the second inning when Garrett Cook worked a one-out walk. After a J.D. Wallace single, Cook scored from second on a wild pitch to give King a 1-0 advantage.
It didn't take Limestone (20-21, 8-8 CC) to respond, evening the score in the top of the third inning. Kyle Booth came up with the clutch hit for the Saints, a two-out single to center that scored Chris Scura who doubled earlier in the frame. Limestone grabbed the lead in the fourth with an unearned run.
However, the Tornado offense wasn't finished as Justin Trent walked, and Cody Rogers was hit by a pitch with one out to ignited the King offense. Tyler Gaby then followed with double to left center that landed at the base of the wall to score both runners and give the Tornado a 3-2 advantage.
The offense then gave Stanley some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wallace drove in Cook with a single through the left side before Rogers drove in a pair with a double to the left field fence, giving Stanley a 6-2 cushion going to the final inning.
The leadoff batter singled and reached third on an error before later scoring on a sacrifice fly, but that was all Stanley allowed, closing out the game with a flyout to left field. The senior allowed three runs, only one earned while scattering 10 hits on 132 pitches to earn his first career complete game.
Offensively, Gaby paced the Tornado, going 3-for-3 with an intentional walked and two runs batted in. Wallace went 2-for-3 with a run scored and drove in one while Rogers drove in two, and Cook scored twice.
The Tornado and Limestone will finish their three game series tomorrow with a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.