BURLINGTON, N.C. – Game one of the Conference Carolinas tournament lived up to the tournament hype. The last three innings, including extras, displayed a seesaw feel to the game as the No. 4 seed King Tornado (22-27-1) upset No. 3 seed Pfeiffer (26-22) by a score of 6-5 in ten innings of play.
The Falcons started the game on the right track in the bottom of the first inning. After back-to-back singles, Anthony Allende added a base hit of his own to bring Cole McGraw across the plate for the tournament’s first run. Matt Wade tacked on one more for Pfeiffer as he connected on a double to left center, bringing home Tyler Summers for the early 2-0 lead.
King answered for a run of their own in the top of the third as they were able to push one across on two hits.
Despite giving up the run, the Falcons showed real poise at the plate to start the bottom of the fourth. Jon Gray belted a deep homerun to left field to stretch the lead back out to two runs as Pfeiffer led 3-1.
Things got interesting in the sixth inning when King tied the game up on two hits, bringing two runs across for the 3-3 tie.
The Tornado took the lead in the eighth inning on an RBI single to claim the 4-3 advantage.
With their backs against the wall, the Falcons answered. After a leadoff double by Kyle Hackney, Gray connected on the biggest hit for the Falcons as he blasted the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for his second homerun of the game, and to reclaim the lead at 5-4.
Dylan Norris was called from the bullpen to try to capture the save and a first round victory. King was ready for what Norris had to offer, as they were successful in tying the game with two outs in the inning.
The Tornado reclaimed the lead for good in the top of the 10th inning when Hooker singled up the middle to bring the winning run home.
Pfeiffer was unable to tie the game up as they tallied one hit in the bottom of the frame.
Ethan Greene received the start for the Falcons as he lasted seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits.
Norris was tacked with the loss as he pitched two innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits.
Gray led the Falcon offense, going 2-for-6 with both hits being homeruns. He also added three RBIs in the game.
Pfeiffer returns to action tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. where they will await the winner of Mount Olive and Belmont Abbey in the second round of the conference tournament.