The Eagles hosted Hiwassee College (NCCAA Division I) on Saturday and topped the Tigers 6 – 5 on Senior Day. TFC honored departing seniors Adam Reynolds, Corey Warner, and Micah Ellington with a come from behind, walk off victory over the visiting Tigers.
TFC took a 1 – 0 lead with two outs in the first inning when Zack Warner doubled down the right field line and scored Jordan Couillard from first base. The Eagles doubled their lead in the second inning as senior Adam Reynolds drove in Jonah Hill with a double of his own. Hiwassee would score a run in the third and three more in the fourth inning to take a 4 – 2 lead over the Eagles. Couillard brought the game to 4 – 3 with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, only to see Hiwassee re-establish a two run lead in the sixth, 5 – 3. After a scoreless 7th inning, Hill homered to deep left in the bottom of the 8th inning. TFC trailed 5 – 4 entering the 9th inning. After Hiwassee failed to extend their lead in the top half of the 9th, Couillard started the Eagles rally with a lead off single. Senior Corey Warner singled to right with one out and placed runners at first and second. After Justin Key walked to load the bases, Jonah Hill also walked to score Couillard and tie the game, 5 – 5. Freshman AJ Mussler drove in pinch runner Jonah Crenshaw with a single to right-center field to give the Eagles the 6 – 5 victory.
Dylan Charles started the game for the Eagles and pitched 5.2 innings, 6 hits, 5 runs, one earned run, four walks, and three strikeouts. Zach Breeden earned the win in relief and threw three and a third innings and allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and no strikeouts.
Offensively, Jordan Couillard was 2 – 4, scored three runs and homered. Josh Hill was also 2 – 4 with two runs scored, two RBI’s and a home run. Zack Warner, AJ Mussler, and Adam Reynolds each drove in a run for the Eagles. Reynolds also threw out three would-be base stealers from behind the plate.
The Eagles and Tigers will square off on Sunday with a doubleheader starting at 2:00. Micah Ellington and Justin Key will be the starting pitchers for the Eagles in the season’s final home games.