With the win, the Tornadoes (12-8) increased their winning streak to eight games.
“Today, we played well,” TC head coach Will Ramos said. “I think we only made two errors in both games. That is what we have been working really hard on in practice of not making errors and playing perfect defensively. I think when you do that it will carry out to hitting wise too, because you get more positive on defense it will carry over to the plate and that is what we are looking at. We do hit the ball excellent. We have some kids in the lineup that are starting to wake up like Duncan, Chase is coming around and Barretto is starting to come around very well. I think the weather when it warms up, we hit better. Duncan is starting to wake up. When you have six or seven guys starting to wake up, you will see good results.”
Dion Duncan had a break out performance for the Tornadoes on Saturday. The former TC Central standout went 3-5 from the plate with two homeruns and five RBIs.
“When we started the season, he did not play,” Ramos said. “As soon as he learned the way we want him to play, I put him in center field and basically he stayed there. He has been hitting the ball well since we went to Southern Poly three weeks ago. I noticed that he was kind of getting comfortable and confident. I left him in the lineup and he has been really good for us. Today was a big game for him. He is hitting the ball really well.”
Duncan wasn’t the only Tornado that had a big day at the plate in the second game. Former B.B.Comer standout Kameron Mizzell went 2-2 from the plate with two walks and two runs. Maurice Leverett hit a double to drive in two runs.
Duncan hit a two-run home run over the left field wall to give TC a 4-2 lead.
“It felt good,” Duncan said.” It actually surprised me, because I hit off the small part of the bat. I was surprised that it went out. Coach had to tell me to slow down.”
Will Thompson hit a rocket down the third baseline to drive in two runs to give TC a 5-2 lead.
Nerio Barreto drove in two runs on a double to right field to increase TC’s lead to 7-2. Barreto scored on a passed ball to increase the lead to 8-2. Joshua Thompson’s RBI single to right center field scored Austin Drummonds, who came in to pinch run for Mizzell to make it 9-2.
In the fifth inning Nick Foster’s RBI double made it 10-5. Duncan’s third and fourth RBIs came off a single that the left fielder misplayed and allowed Duncan to advance to third base. Duncan scored on a passed ball to make it 13-5. Jesus Rosario ended the game with a two-run homer to left field to make it 15-5.
Matt Holland earned the win in the second game for TC. The sophomore allowed four earned runs and five hits while striking out three batters.
The Tornadoes ace pitcher Ryne Drummonds was dominant in the first game. Drummonds stuck out eight batters in TC’s win in the first game. The win also gave Drummonds his 101st career win. He earned win 100 last Saturday against Bethel University.
“Pitching-wise, we threw Ryne Drummonds in the first game and he did well, Ramos said. “I think he got between eight to 10 strikeouts. He is my No.1, so we are trying to get ready for next weekend for our first conference game here against Edward Waters. We didn’t want to take him out of the rotation, so he did well. He threw the ball over the plate. Holland is trying to take over the second spot. He showed some inconsistency. He was leaving the fastball too high and they were catching up to them. Overall, he did well. Diego (Hernandez) came in and did well. It was a good day for pitching.”
In the first game TC scored 10 runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach.
Chase Benfield recorded two RBIs on a double. Leverett hit a three-run home run. Duncan hit a solo homer. Austin Drummond, George Santiago and Mizzell recorded an RBI apiece for TC.
The Tornadoes return to action on Tuesday against Rust College.