BriSox bomb Twins, tie for first place

By Wes Holtsclaw


   After regaining the divisional lead last night, the Elizabethton Twins arrived at Boyce Cox Field on Wednesday night only to run into a brick wall.
   Backed behind a strong hitting performance from Anthony Webster, the Bristol White Sox pulled even with the Twins, winning 13-1.
   "Anthony set the whole tone by leading off," said BriSox manager Nick Layva, "When he goes, the offense goes. He creates spots for the guys behind him, and he's the type of hitter we hoped he would be. Tracey did a good job holding them off, because they swing as good as anyone."
   The Twins did a nice job making contact with the ball, reeling off nine hits on the evening. But every time they had runners in scoring position, something went wrong for the 'Betsy Bombers.'
   Elizabethton had decent hits from Felix Molena, Danny Matienzo, and Edgardo LeBron early in the first three innings, but was skunked each time around by impressive Sox defense.
   Bristol began their scoring in the first inning behind an opening double from Anthony Webster, who scored after an Andy Gonzalez sacrifice fly, giving the Bri-Sox a 1-0 edge.
   Elizabethton looked strong early defensively behind T. J. Prunty, holding Bristol down through four consecutive innings.
   The game slowly started to resemble last night's conquest in the fifth, when Garrett Guzman opened up after a 1-0 count, laying the smackdown with a high and mighty solo shot, tying the contest at one all.
   Bristol had seen enough, and pulled out their guns.
   Anthony Webster started the Sox out with a single, moving around to third base with Bristol giving up two outs. It went haywire from there.
   Darren Ciraco stepped up with an RBI double, scoring on the next pitch from an Edgar Varela single and error. Seth Morris followed that up with an RBI double, forcing the Twins to make a change on the mound.
   Appy League Pitcher of the Week Justin Keeling battled his way out of the inning, but the Bri-Sox took their three runs, building the 4-1 advantage.
   It would only get worse for Keeling. Anthony Webster stepped back up with a towering double, setting up a bunt from Pedro Lopez.
   Two wild pitches gave way for scores from Webster and Lopez. Darren Ciraco took a fielder's choice with a Edgar Varela single, setting up an RBI single from Seth Morris.
   Morris and Varela advanced on another wild pitch, when Brandon Bounds smacked a homer-looking triple off of the right-center wall, scoring both runners.
   Issac Streich took the mound for Elizabethton, immediately giving up two straight RBI singles from Pedro Lopez and Andy Gonzalez. A walk to Edgar Varela brought in one more run, as the Sox took nine runs to the bank, with a 13-1 lead over Elizabethton.
   Elizabethton could never build back offensively, as the Bri-Sox took the win and the divisional lead tie.
   "We just swung well," said Anthony Webster, who went five of five with four runs in the contest.
   "Everybody was putting things in play. We pitched well, and everybody started swinging, and we took it from there."
   Felix Molina and Edgardo LeBron led Elizabethton with two hits a piece on the evening, while Pedro Lopez, Andy Gonzalez, Edgar Varela, and Seth Morris all doubled the fun for Bristol.
   Bristol took a two games to one advantage during the three game road haul against Elizabethton.
   The Twins open back up at home tomorrow night with 4-H night against the Martinsville Astros, Joe O'Brien Field game time is 7 p.m.