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E-Twins top Bristol for series sweep

staff reports • Updated Aug 26, 2018 at 9:47 PM

BRISTOL — With the Appalachian League baseball playoffs fast approaching, the Elizabethton Twins appear to be back in championship form.

The defending league champion Twins pounded out 19 hits in a 9-4 win over the Bristol Pirates on Sunday night at Boyce Cox Field.

Elizabethton, which has wrapped up the West Division title, improved to 37-26 with the series sweep and wins in seven of their last eight games. With their sixth-straight loss, the Pirates fell to 29-36 and were eliminated from postseason contention.

Trevor Casanova and Albee Weiss led the Twins at the plate. Casanova went 4-for-6 with two doubles and Weiss was 4-for-5 with a double. Yeltsin Encarnacion went 3-for-4, while Yunior Severino, Chris Williams and Alex Robles all had two hits.

Kody Funderburk (2-1) picked up the win after giving up eight hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings.

The Twins tied the game with two runs in the top of the second inning and took a 5-2 lead in the fifth. After Bristol pulled within a run in the sixth, the Twins put the game away with three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.

The margin of victory could have been even greater, but the Twins left 14 runners on base and hit 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Brad Case (1-1) suffered the loss for Bristol, tagged with nine hits and three walks, resulting in five runs over four innings.

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