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Blue Devils Beat Warriors In Back-And-Forth Contest

 

March 12, 2018

Jeremiah Reed

Dylan Troyer's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh gave the Brevard Blue Devils a 6-5 win over Erwin in a cold, windy game last Thursday.

On a blustery day with wind chills in the 30s, Dylan Troyer saved his best for last.

With the bases loaded and the game tied, 5-5, in the bottom of the seventh, Troyer slapped an infield single for his first hit of the afternoon to lift the Brevard Blue Devils past the Erwin Warriors.

His late-game heroics capped off a wild game that saw Brevard rally from an early 2-0 deficit to jump ahead 5-2, only for Erwin to come back and knot things up at 5-5 in the sixth inning.

It was a game plagued by defensive miscues, as the Warriors were aided by eight Blue Devil errors on the day.

But all's well that ends well, and Brevard is now 2-0 on the year.

Erwin took an early lead as Derrick Sage bombed a two-run homer over the left field fence in the top of the first inning.

Brevard cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning as Luke Ellenberger scored on ground out.

The Warriors looked ready to build on their lead in the second inning after two straight errors gave Erwin runners on second and third with no outs.

But starting pitcher Kyle Williams bore down, inducing an infield fly out before striking out the next two batters to get out of the jam.

Brevard got out of another sticky situation in the top of the fourth, when they were able to turn a double play with the bases loaded and one out.

That provided a bit of a jolt to the offense in the bottom half of the inning.

Brevard got runners on the corners with no outs following singles from Matthew Kelley and Jay Smith.

Kelley scored from third on a passed ball, which allowed Smith to move to second.

A fielder's choice on the next at bat, followed by a walk, put runners on first and second with two outs.

Breylan Owens stepped up and delivered a double to right field that fell just beyond the reach of a diving outfielder and drove one run across the plate.

Talyn Clark drove a double to center field on the next at bat, scoring two runs and giving Brevard a 5-2 lead.

But on the first pitch of the fifth inning, Sage drilled another home run to nearly the same spot, cutting the lead to 5-3.

Erwin tied things up in the sixth inning on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded, and a wild pitch with runners on second and third.

Both sides settled in over the next six outs, setting up Brevard with the chance for a walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh.

After the leadoff batter flew out, Ellenberger stepped up and smoked a line drive over the head of the center fielder.

Jeremiah Reed

Talyn Clark's two-run double was part of a four-run fourth inning that put Brevard ahead 5-2. Clark was 1-for-3 on the day with two RBIs.

The junior cranked up the speed rounding second and slid into third just before the tag to put the winning run 90 feet away.

The Warriors proceeded to go to the bullpen and intentionally walk the bases loaded.

That set the stage for Troyer. Three straight balls gave the lefty a 3-0 count, before Erwin's reliever finally threw a strike.

On the next pitch, Troyer slapped a hard-hit ball toward the hot corner.

Erwin's third baseman made a valiant diving play to stop the ball, but couldn't recover in time to make a play at any base.

Clark finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Kelley and Owens were both 2-for-3 on the day, while Ellenberger scored twice.

Williams got the win on the mound, going five innings and giving up three earned runs on four hits.

Brevard returns to action again on Monday when they host Tuscola at 7 p.m.

 
 

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