In Wednesday’s nightcap, TFC faced a familiar opponent in the second round of the World Series. Toccoa Falls and region foe Clearwater Christian College have previously faced off 6 times this season before Wednesday’s matchup. The #1 Eagles have won five of the previous contests over #4 Clearwater. Clearwater advanced to the second round with a 2-0 victory over #5 Arlington Baptist College. The Eagles plated at least one run in all but one inning against the Clearwater Cougars and cruised to a 16-2 victory.
Toccoa Falls scored four runs in the top of the first inning to jump to a very quick 4-0 lead. TFC would add a run in the second, three in the third, four in the fourth, and three more runs in the 7<sup>th</sup> to plate 16 runs in the game. TFC’s total of 16 runs was their largest offensive outburst at the World Series in their history, besting the 15 runs scored against Philadelphia Bible College in 2011’s World Series. Clearwater would score two runs in the bottom of the 7<sup>th</sup> inning but the large deficit was too wide to overcome.
NCCAA Division 2’s Pitcher of the Year Justin Key started the game for the Eagles and threw four innings without allowing a run. Relievers Brady McMichael and Jackson Warnock finished the final three innings for TFC in the win.
Freshman utility man Will Patrick went a perfect 4-4 at the plate with two RBI’s. Corey Warner, who homered in the opening game of the World Series, added three hits in four plate appearances with two doubles and two runs batted in. Josh Hill and Adam Reynolds added two RBI’s apiece. Zack Warner, Matt Alligood, AJ Mussler, and Hayden Tuggle each drove in a run for the Eagles. Ronnie Stewart (1-3) and Matt Alligood (1-1) each tripled in the win.
With their sixth win over Clearwater this season, the Eagles advance to the third round of the World Series and will play the winner of Dallas Christian and Florida Christian Thursday night at 8:00 PM at Prasco Park Stadium. Streaming information and live scoring for the game be found below.