E-Twins drop finale to Greeneville, miss playoffs

ELIZABETHTON—It was entertaining while it lasted, but Elizabethton’s late-season push for a postseason berth didn’t quite find the mark.

The Appalachian League playoffs were still a possibility for the Twins heading into Wednesday night’s regular-season finale, but they wound up dropping a 7-3 decision to Greeneville at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark.

Had Elizabethton won, the team still would not have qualified. The Twins also needed a Bristol loss, but the Pirates knocked off Danville 4-2 to get in with a second-place West Division finish.

Johnson City won the West on Wednesday night by defeating Kingsport, 9-7.

Elizabethton (33-34), whose streak of winning seasons ended at 30, outhit Greeneville 10-9. The Reds (26-41), however, made better use of their chances.

The Twins were unable to overcome two key blows — Danielito Remy tagging a two-run homer as Greeneville grabbed a 3-0 second-inning lead and Jose Tello’s three-run triple in the eighth.

Elizabethton had pulled within a run (4-3) on Charles Mack’s fifth-inning homer, a two-run shot.

Tello (3 RBIs), Hunter Oliver (double, 2 runs) and Caleb Van Blake had two hits apiece for the winners. Van Blake turned both of his hits into doubles.

Trevor Jensen, who doubled and tripled, was joined by Twins teammates Will Holland and Mack in collecting two hits apiece.

Pitching through the fifth, Jacques Pucheu (2-0) allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five batters. After an inning thrown by Anthony Zimmerman, Tyler Garbee covered the final three frames — he tallied four strikeouts — for his second save.

Elizabethton starter Ryley Widell (2-7) took the loss, yielding four runs over six innings. He struck out seven batters.

The Twins entered their finale having won five of their previous six games.