Elizabethton fends off Pulaski, 7-6

Johnson City Press • Updated Aug 3, 2018 at 10:57 PM

PULASKI, Va. — Yunior Severino led off Friday night’s game at Pulaski with a home run and Robert Molina went deep to break an eighth-inning tie, lifting Elizabethton to a 7-6 Appalachian League baseball win.

Severino finished 3 for 4 with two runs, two RBIs and a walk. Elizabethton’s Gilberto Celestino also flourished offensively, going 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and two stolen bases.

The Twins owned a pair of four-run leads over the first 3 1/2 innings, but the Yankees kept at it and pulled into a 5-5 at the end of six.

In the top of the eighth, however, Jared Akins opened by advancing to second on a single and one-base error. Molina was next in the order, and he homered to center field to give the Twins a 7-5 advantage.

Pulaski countered with a run in the lower half and had two runners aboard with only one out. The Yankees were thwarted from there as Zach Neff, who took to the mound after Seth Pinkerton issued back-to-back walks to begin the inning, induced a Robert Javier fly-out before striking out Evan Alexander.

Aided by a Twins throwing error, the Yanks found themselves in another two-on, one-out situation in the ninth — but were again foiled by Neff, who nabbed his fourth save of the season.

Pinkerton (1-0), the third of four Elizabethton pitchers, hurled two scoreless innings for his first decision.

Pulaski’s David Metzgar went 3 for 4, Ezequiel Duran batted 2 for 5 and Mickey Gasper belted a two-run home run.

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