Tornadoes Take Series From Bethel (Tennessee)

Baseball | Mon, Apr. 12, 2021


McKenzie, Tenn. – The Talladega College baseball program showed resiliency in winning two of three against the Wildcats, almost getting no-hit in game two but rallying to win games one and three.

The Tornadoes (13-20) combined for 21 runs on 27 hits in the opening and closing contests of the series, doing most of its damage of a quartet of batters.

Jan Rivera was the only thing standing in the way of a no-hitter by Bethel’s Marco Santa in game two, logging the team’s lone hit and one of its three walks on the afternoon. For the weekend, he went 7-for-11 (.636) with three RBIs, two doubles, a homer, and a run scored.

Isaiah Lewis owned the best batting average of the series at .667 (6-of-9) and the most RBIs (6) while also coming around to score three times, drew two free passes, and launched a big fly.

Jose Santiago probably had the most impressive single-game performance of this past weekend, hitting .667 with a round-tripper, a double, a run scored, and five of the club’s nine RBIs in game one.

Wander Arias rounds out to big boppers in the lineup versus Bethel, posting five hits in 12 at-bats (.417) as well as a long ball, four runs scored, three ribbies, a walk, and three doubles (all in-game three).

On the mound for the crimson and blue, Gerlin Cruz had swing-and-miss stuff going all game long Saturday, fanning 10 Wildcats over seven sparkling innings while allowing just three earned runs to earn the victory.

Ricardo Blackman took to the hill in the rubber match and delivered, averaging a punchout per inning over five frames plus giving up four earned runs to win the ballgame and the series for The Dega.

Oracio De Leon shut the door out of the bullpen in relief of Blackman, hurling a perfect two innings by going six-up and six-down with five of his six outs coming via strikeout on just 27 pitches.

Game 1 (W, 9-5) | Game 2 (L, 24-0) | Game 3 (W, 12-8)


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