King drops series finale to #11 Mount Olive

Photo credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo credit: Dakota Bastin

BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the series finale, the King University baseball team fell to 11th-ranked University of Mount Olive. The Trojans scored six runs in the first three innings and the Tornado couldn't get their offense going as Mount Olive took the game 7-2.

FINAL SCORE: #11 Mount Olive 7, King 2
LOCATION: King Baseball Field, Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 10-11, 5-5 Conference Carolinas; Mount Olive 17-6, 8-3 Conference Carolinas


  • Banks Presson led the Tornado offense with two hits.
  • Tony Valdes scored a run and drove in one.
  • The Tornado had their chances offensively, stranding 11 runners on base.


  • Mount Olive put their first three batters on base before a sacrifice fly got the Trojans on the board.
  • Junior Snow then drove in two with a single to left field, extending the lead to 3-0.
  • Mount Olive extended their lead to 6-0 with three runs in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run Zach Smith double down the left field line.
  • Blake McLean manufactured a run in the fourth inning following a one-out single. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and later scored on another wild pitch.
  • King got on the board in the fourth inning as David Carnicella as hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Valdes.
  • However, that was all King scored as they left the bases loaded.
  • The Tornado again loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but again the Trojans got out of the inning to keep the 7-1 lead.
  • The score remained the same until the ninth inning when Trader Flora ripped a leadoff double.
  • He later scored on a Valdes sacrifice fly, but that was all King scored as Mount Olive took the game 7-2.


  • McLean led Mount Olive with three hits and three runs from the leadoff spot.
  • JT Stone also posted three hits while Snow drove in three.


Winning Pitcher: Caleb Irwin (4-0) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO
Losing Pitcher: Drew Moore (0-1) 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO


  • King returns to action on Tuesday when they host Carson-Newman University at 3:30 p.m.
  • Mount Olive next takes on Georgia College on Wednesday.
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