E-Twins win nightcap

By Wes Holtsclaw

   The Elizabethton Twins looked like a Las Vegas gambler Saturday night at Joe O'Brien Field.
   In their second straight doubleheader against the Kingsport Mets, the Twins folded late in the first contest with a 4-2 loss, but rallied behind a full house in the latter to split the series and hold onto their West Division lead with a 5-3 victory.
   "Our offense is putting so much pressure on our pitchers," said Twins manager Ray Smith. "We got in a position to win in the first game, but we got anxious and they came back and beat us.
   "We're just not really hitting. Our defense is okay. We made some mistakes in the first game, but the guys are trying too hard to help the club win and they put pressure on themselves."
   "They performed well tonight," said Kingsport coach and New York Mets legend Mookie Wilson. "In the second game, we had an opportunity to bounce back but we didn't execute. It comes back to haunt you and it did.
   "We are definitely playing better." he said. "The pitching staff did a better job. They gave us a chance to win and as long as you have an opportunity to win, you feel satisfied."
   The 'Betsy Bombers took an early 2-0 lead in the first contest after an RBI double and triple from Ron Perodin and Justin Arneson, but Kingsport rallied back with a single from Marcos Cabral, who scored on a 5-3 Corey Coles RBI sacrifice.
   Elizabethton held onto the lead until the seventh inning when Danillo Reynoso doubled and Coles sent a shot to Ryan Spataro. Spataro launched the ball towards catcher Jesse Collins who missed the tag after dropping the ball.
   It set up an additional eighth inning where Tyler Davidson homered and Cabral scored Jamar Hill with a sacrificed fly to pick up the first win for the Mets.
   The roles were reversed in the second game when the Mets took a 2-0 lead of their own after Hill doubled and scored on a wild throw, and James Wallace scored on a Miguel Garcia sacrificed fly.
   Elizabethton's Perodin doubled in the latter frame and battled his way around the bases, scoring on a passed ball.
   The Twins got things going in the fourth inning with a Kyle Phillips single and Brock Peterson walk, scoring on an error and a J.R. Taylor single to take a 3-2 lead.
   Elizabethton tacked on some insurance runs in the sixth with a two-run double from Angelo Fermin and held off a late Kingsport rally in the seventh to preserve a 5-3 victory.
   Added Smith: "We could've cashed in the chips and folded the second game, but we battled hard to the seventh inning and (Levale) Speigner came in and doused the fire."
   Perodin led both squads with four total hits in both games.
   Chris Marini picked up his third victory of the season for Elizabethton in the latter contest, with Speigner adding the save. Julio Freites won the first outing for Kingsport.
   Tonight, Elizabethton travels to Johnson City for a 7 p.m. outing.