Resourceful Twins get past Cardinals


Photo By Rick Harris
After fielding a bunt, Twins pitcher Errol Simonitsch gets set to throw out Johnson Cityƕs Daric Barton at third base as Sandy Diaz of the Cardinals heads down the first-base line.

By: Wes Holtsclaw
STAR STAFF
wholtsclaw@starhq.com
The Elizabethton Twins only had four hits compared to the 12 put up from the Johnson City Cardinals, but it didn't matter.
What mattered was the run column.
Monday night, the 'Betsy Bombers took advantage of four Cardinal errors and held off a Redbird charge to extend the game into a tenth inning, then used a Ron Perodin triple to pull out with a 7-6 victory at O'Brien Field.
"It was one of these deals where it doesn't matter what happens in the first part of the game. What matters is how it ends," said Elizabethton manager Ray Smith after his Twins extended their West Division lead to two games over Bristol.
Elizabethton scored a pair of runs in the first and third innings, courtesy of sacrificed plays from Kyle Phillips, Dusty Goman and Brock Peterson.
The Twins held off Cardinal rallies, only giving up two runs through the first six innings. Johnson City rallied in the seventh, scoring four runs courtesy of two errors, and singles from Daric Barton and Sal Frisella.
The Twins used three walks and a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at six when J.R. Taylor scampered across the plate.
Both squads held each other off until the tenth inning when the speedy Perodin opened with a triple, scoring on a sacrificed fly from Justin Sims to take the victory.
"(The game) didn't play out that good for me," said the Inglewood, Cal., native Perodin. "I tried to get something started. I turned in and got it."
"Ron did all the work," added Sims, the Knoxville product who drove in two runs for the squad. "I tried to put it in play and got it out there enough."
It was an impressive way to pull out a victory, and combined with Sunday night's outing, shows that anything can happen in baseball.
"They wore us out in the hit column and even though it was ugly, we played eight solid innings," Smith said. "We made a couple bad hit selections, but we had great damage control on the mound from (Eric) Brandon. Our offense struggled, but (Ron) Perodin smoked it and (Justin) Sims drove it in."
Four of their last six outings have been stressful, but Perodin believes the team has to keep alert from this point forward in the season.
"I wouldn't say we're getting tired, but we're relaxing a bit more," he said. "Almost every time we get to the sixth inning, we're up. We've got to be on our toes."
Barton led the Cardinals with three hits, while Frisella and Cody Haerther added two a piece.
Jimmy Speigner took the victory for Elizabethton after solid outings from Errol Simonitsch, Paul Mutch and Eric Brandon. Luis Gomez had his first loss of the season for the visiting redbirds.
TUESDAY GAME ALERT: Monday night's Elizabethton-Johnson City game was the appearance of the Monkey Boy instead of Carter County Bank Night, which was advertised in Monday's paper.
Carter County Bank night will take place this evening, with free admission, a free hot dog and soda for all of the fans who wish to attend the game.
All Elizabethton Twins fans are encouraged to pack Riverside Park for a great night of baseball.