Danville out slugs Twins, 15-12


star staff


  In a 15-12 Elizabethton loss, one might have thought if Betsy could have gotten a last second field goal, the outcome might have been different. Although the hitting was spectacular and helmets were worn, football was not on the agenda.
  In a contest that featured more hits than the Beatles One album, the Twins fell victim to the Danville Braves 15-12 Wednesday night at Joe O'Brien Field. The loss hurt Elizabethton's chances of closing the gap on Johnson City who was a loser last night at Burlington 3-1.
  The fireworks show begin early and often with Elizabethton racing to a 6-1 lead after two innings. Jeremy Pickrel had an RBI double in the second while Landon Burt drove home two runs with a two-bagger.
  "It's frustrating getting 18 hits and 12 runs and not being able to get the win," stated Pickrel. "Many games we've had good pitching but lacked the offense. If we put the two together, we can win this thing."
  After a Trevor Plouffe single and error, Johnny Woodward stroked a hit to give Betsy the five run cushion.
  The Braves exploded for three in the third when Cole Armstrong sent a laser over the right field wall scoring Carl Loadenthal and Brandon Jones who had singled. They tied the score in the fourth when Mark Jurich crushed a Dennis Medina offering, one of three gopher balls off the Besty pitcher tying the score at 5-5.
  Elizabethton refused to fold when Pickrel launched his third home into downtown Blackbottom helping the Twins take a two-run advantage.
  The Burlington bats remained hotter than a 50 foot high bonfire on a 80 degree night by adding five runs in the sixth for a 12-8 lead. The Braves used a three run seventh to increase the margin at 15-8.
  Betsy got a solo run in the seventh when Luke Hughes ripped a towering shot over the left center field fence cutting the lead at 15-9. E-town plated two in the eight after Plouffe collected his fourth hit of the evening and advanced to third on a double by Deacon Burns. A wild pitch and groudout allowed both runners to score cutting the margin at 15-11.
  The Twins added one more in the ninth as Burt doubled, his fourth hit of the contest, and scored when Burns tripled down the right field line. Jason Paul was able to retire the last batter to preserve the win for Danville.
  Burt and Plouffe had four hits for Elizabethton, who recorded a season high 18 for a nine inning contest. Hughes and Pickrel had outstanding performance each going 3-for-5 with both collecting a home run and a double.
  Burns chimed in with another 3-for-5 evening including a triple and double. Kevin Culpepper, the second of six Elizabethton pitchers, took the loss.
  The Twins will be at home tonight for another contest with Danville at 7 p.m. The Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the game with free admission to everyone that attends.