Elizabethton attains offensive-oriented victory

Johnson City Press • Updated Jul 20, 2019 at 10:12 PM

BLUEFIELD, Va.—Pumping life into an offensive attack that had sagged the previous two games, Elizabethton got the job done Saturday night.

Generating a dozen hits, including six of the extra-base variety, the Twins launched their three-game Appalachian League road series with Bluefield by posting a 10-7 triumph at Bowen Field.

Elizabethton (18-13) homered three times in the contest, delivering a three-run, second-inning shot from Willie Joe Garry Jr., Kidany Salva’s solo shot in the fourth and a two-run, sixth-inning job by Seth Gray.

Garry’s blast highlighted a five-run inning for the Twins, who built a 7-1 advantage before the Blue Rays applied pressure with a three-run fifth.

However, Elizabethton answered by scoring three times in the sixth — gaining enough cushion to hold off Bluefield (14-17).

Charles Mack was 3 for 5 for the winners, who got a pair of extra-base hits from both Garry (2 for 5, HR, double) and Max Smith (2 for 5, triple, double). Garry had two runs to go with four RBIs while Gray and Salva each added two RBIs.

The Twins were coming off back-to-back setbacks in Greeneville, having mustered only four runs on 10 hits over the course of those two games.

Starting pitcher Prelander Berroa (2-1) put in the necessary five innings to pick up the victory. He allowed four runs on six hits and tallied four strikeouts against two walks.

After Osiris German gave up the remaining Bluefield runs over 2 2/3 frames, Dylan Thomas recorded the final four outs — three by strikeout — in gathering his fourth save.

The Blue Jays had 12 hits of their own, with Scotty Bradley going 3 for 4 and scoring three times. Eric Rivera batted 3 for 5 (2 RBIs), Steward Berroa 2 for 3 and Ryan Sloniger 2 for 4 (2 runs, 2 RBIs).

Sloniger belted a two-run homer in the sixth.

Yielding six runs on six hits in a four-inning start, Sam Ryan (4 Ks, 1 BB) was charged with the loss.

Elizabethton and Bluefield are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. matchup Sunday.

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