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Fast start pays off for Elizabethton

Kevin Mays • Updated Jul 27, 2018 at 11:16 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Twins scored five runs in the bottom of the first and they needed all of them.

The Twins jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Bristol Pirates in the bottom of the first inning and held on to take an 8-5 Appalachian League baseball win Friday at Joe O’Brien Field.

FAST START

The Twins (21-12) blistered Bristol starter Steven Jennings in the first inning.

Elizabethton racked up five runs on five of its nine hits in the opening frame.

PIRATES BATTLE BACK

Jennings settled down after the shaky first and held Elizabethton’s bats quiet over the next four innings, while Bristol (16-19) chipped away at the Twins’ lead.

The Pirates scored one run in the second inning, two more in the third and another in the fourth to reduce the Elizabethton lead to 5-4.

TWINS HOLD ON

Elizabethton added a run in the bottom of the sixth when Ricky De La Torre scored on two Bristol errors.

Bristol scored another run in the top of the seventh to cut the Twins’ lead to 6-5 on a solo home run from Sherten Apostel — his second solo homer of the night.

The scored remained the same until Elizabethton added a couple of runs in the bottom of the eighth when Alex Robles walked and then scored on a double from De La Torre, who later scored in the inning for the Twins’ final run.

BY THE NUMBERS

De La Torre finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Twins, while Lean Marrero was 2-for-4 and Yunior Severino went 2-for-5.

Bristol’s Apostel finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Dean Lockery was 2-for-3, Mikell Granberry was 2-for-4 and Mason Martin finished 2-for-5.

Elizabethton’s Blair Lakso (4-0) stayed unbeaten on the mound. He worked 2 1/3 innings in relief, giving up one run and one hit with four strikeouts and one walk in picking up the win.

Seth Pinkerton picked up his second save of the season for the Twins after throwing two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit with three strikeouts and two walks.

Bristol’s Jennings (2-3) took the loss. He gave up six runs on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks over 5 1/3 innings.

SATURDAY GAME

The two teams are scheduled to be back in action Saturday in a 6 p.m. contest at Elizabethton.

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