The Rays took the opener 5-4 as Jonathan Aranda scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth inning. The games were both scheduled as seven-inning contests since they were part of a doubleheader.
Elizabethton was down to its last out — and even struck out — before coming back in the second game.
With Princeton ahead 6-4 and two outs in the seventh, Francisco German struck out Alex Robles to seemingly end the game. The ball got away from the catcher, allowing Ariel Montesimo to score the tying run as Robles reached base safely.
Albee Weiss then grounded to third base, but Princeton’s Osmy Gregorio committed his team’s fifth error of the game, allowing two runs to score and the Twins were ahead 8-6. Two more runs scored when DaShawn Kiersey hit a single and the Rays made their sixth error.
The Twins sent 13 batters to the plate in the big uprising and did all that damage with just two hits in the inning.
Jordan Qsar hit home runs in both games for Princeton.
Twins manager Ray Smith was ejected before the second game began and then his team took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Montesimo scored on a throwing error and Weiss added an RBI double.
The advantage didn’t last long, though, as the Rays scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and two more in the second.
Qsar hit a two-run home run in the second inning for his fifth round tripper of the season. Vincent Byrd also went deep for the Rays.
In the first game, the Rays got home runs from Connor Hollis and Qsar in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead. Hollis hit a solo shot, while Qsar’s blast scored two runs. Both came off of Elizabethton reliever Seth Pinkerton.
After Elizabethton got back to even at 4-4 on Alex Robles’ RBI groundout in the top of the sixth, Aranda doubled to left field, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored the eventual winning run on a passed ball.