Elizabethton earned its second straight win at the start of the Appalachian League baseball season, getting 19 hits in a 15-3 blasting of Burlington on Wednesday night at Joe O’Brien Field.
“Take it for what it’s worth,” said Twins’ manager Ray Smith. “It’s just one win for us and one loss for them. You’re going to be on the delivering end of these games over the course of the year a few times, and unfortunately you’re going to be on the receiving end as well.”
The Twins are 2-0 while the Royals fell to 0-2. The teams will conclude their three-game series Thursday night at 7 o’clock at The Joe.
Elizabethton started in earnest in the fourth inning and kept the foot on the gas.
Alex Robles had the best night, hitting in the No. 8 spot in the order. He was 4 for 4 and drove in two runs.
“Every time you go up there, you want to get a hit,” said Robles. “When it happens four times in four at-bats, that’s great. I will take it any day.”
Robles said the team’s performance felt great, too.
“Second day out, we’re clicking as a team pretty well right off the bat,” he said “It felt good, everybody getting in the party. It was fun.”
No. 9 hitter Yunior Severino also had a big evening. He went 2 for 5 with four RBIs.
Trevor Casanova had three hits, including a pair of doubles. Jared Akins, Ryan Jeffers, Albee Weiss and DaShawn Keirsey each added two hits. Weiss added two RBIs.
Elizabethton wasted little time taking advantage of a Burlington pitching change in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Luis Alcantara replaced Elvis Luciano with two outs and the following happened:
— Wild pitch, runners move up to second and third.
— Two-run single by Yunior Severino (Twins lead, 3-2).
— RBI triple by Jared Akins.
— RBI double by Trevor Casanova.
A 2-1 deficit quickly moved to a 5-2 lead for Elizabethton, and the Twins never looked back — including a six-run outburst in the sixth inning.
Despite being hit in the back by a line drive, Tyler Palm worked a solid five innings. He allowed seven hits and two runs with seven strikeouts and no walks.
It was the second straight sturdy mound effort for the Twins’ starters. Palm earned the win while Derek Molina and Juan Gamez provided four innings of lock-down relief with seven strikeouts.