The E-Twins racked up 15 hits on the way to a 15-5 thrashing of the K-Mets at Hunter Wright Stadium.
The game-1 win of the three-game series between the division’s top two teams gave Elizabethton (15-8) a two-game advantage at the head of the standings.
The run total was the second highest of the season for the Twins. The highest came last month in a 19-5 win over Bristol.
HITS, HITS AND MORE HITS
Elizabethton’s first three batters struck out to start the game.
The Twins also went down in order in the in the eighth and ninth innings.
The second through seventh innings were all about hitting.
Six different E-Twin players had multiple hits in the contest with Chris Williams and Alex Robles each finishing 3 for 4 with a walk. Robles added two RBIs while Williams had one.
Ryan Jeffers went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run, a double and two walks. DeShawn Keirsey Jr. also added two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, while Trevor Casanova and Michael Helman each finished with two hits and an RBI.
Tyler Webb finished with three RBIs.
K-METS HIT THE BALL
Kingsport (13-10) pounded out 10 hits of its own in the loss, but could not match the Twins’ run production.
Luis Santana provided four of the K-Mets’ hits (all singles) and had two RBIs.
Gavin Garay picked up two RBIs with one swing of the bat – a two-run homer over the left-field fence.
Kenny Hernandez went 2 for 3 with a walk.
ON THE MOUND
Austin Schulfer (2-0) picked up the victory while Kingsport starter Garrison Bryant took the loss in his first decision of the season.
Going the rest of the way after relieving starter Brian Rapp to begin the fifth, Schulfer limited the Mets to two runs. Bryant lasted four innings.
GAME 2 ON SUNDAY
The second game of the series is scheduled to be a Sunday matinee, with the first pitch set for 4 p.m. at Hunter Wright Stadium.