Bluefield belts its way past Elizabethton

Johnson City Press • Updated Jul 21, 2019 at 9:19 PM

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Bluefield scored four runs in the fourth inning and took a 7-4 win over Elizabethton on Sunday night at Bowen Field.

The Blue Jays added three solo home runs to their scoring total and improved to 15-17 overall. Elizabethton fell to 18-14, but still maintained a 2 1/2-game lead in the Appalachian League West Division standings with losses by both Johnson City and Elizabethton.

Davis Schneider led the way, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Miguel Hirdaldo finished 3-for-4, which included a solo home run. No Twins player had multiple hits.


Elizabethton starter Ryley Widell (0-5) had seven strikeouts and only one walk through 5 2/3 innings. He suffered the loss after giving up four hits and five runs. Frandy Torres pitched the other 2 1/3 innings.

Widell had little support, with the Twins going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Bluefield was just 1-for-12 in the same situation, but got enough offense going otherwise.

Roither Hernandez (2-3) also went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four hits, three walks and two runs. After an inning by Juan Acosta, the Jays’ Yunior Hinojosa came in as a closer and was credited with his second save.


Elizabethton’s Willie Joe Garry Jr. led off the game with a double to left field. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, he came home on an RBI ground out by Max Smith.

The one-run lead held up until the bottom of the fourth, when Schneider’s two-run double to left field highlighted a four-run inning for the Blue Jays.

With bases loaded in the sixth, Elizabethton cut it to 4-2 when Ruben Santana was hit by a pitch to score Parker Phillips.

Schneider answered for Bluefield with a solo home run over left field in the bottom of the sixth to push it back to a three-run advantage.

Max Smith and Seth Gray each had solo homers for the Twins to right field in the seventh inning before Bluefield’s Hiraldo had his own solo shot to give the Blue Jays a 6-4 lead.

D.J. Daniels hit a line drive home run to left center field in the eighth for the final run.


The teams will wrap up their three-game series Monday. Tyler Benninghoff (2-1) is scheduled to start for the Twins.

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