ASHEBORO, N.C. – Thomas Yoder crushed three home runs in their second game of the Conference Carolinas Baseball Tournament as King defeated the Crusaders 16-14. The game featured ten total home runs as The Abbey clubbed six long balls and the Tornado hit four. Belmont Abbey totaled 12 hits in the contest with Yoder and Matt McGarry both going 3-for-4. Yoder's five RBI led the Crusaders as 13 of their 14 runs were driven in.
Belmont Abbey scored in the first with back-to-back home runs from Luke Cureton and Yoder. They added another run in the second when AJ Hendricks scored on a wild pitch. King responded in the second with their first home run of the game. Kevin Elefante drove in a run on a sac fly in the third and Jakob Rolly singled down the left field line to score Josh Genthe giving The Abbey a 6-1 lead.
King cut the deficit to 6-4 when Bubba Ruiz hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third. In the top of the fourth McGarry, Yoder, and Elefante all went deep to stretch the Crusaders lead to 11-4. King scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth on three walks and two hits to come within one run, 11-10.
Belmont Abbey added a run in the fifth on a sac fly by Cureton but King tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth when Hunter Barbour hit a two-run home run.
The Crusaders retook the lead in the sixth when Yoder scored on a sac fly by Rolly. King took their first lead of the game in the bottom half of the sixth when they scored three runs on three hits including a home run by J.P. Castaneda.
King produced a sac fly in the seventh to take a 16-13 lead but Yoder crushed his third home run of the game to bring the Crusaders within two.
Neither team scored in their last at-bat, and King took the 16-14 win.
King's Ashton King took the win throwing four innings of relief allowing one run on one hit, three walks, and six strikeouts.
Belmont Abbey will play Mount Olive Sunday at 3 P.M. at the Burlington Athletic Stadium in an elimination game. The winner of that game will play again at 7 P.M. Sunday night.