Twins stay hot in win over Cards


star staff


  Taking a line from one of county music legend George Jones's songs, the Elizabethton Twins continue to be hotter than a two dollar pistol with some of the fastest pitching around. Erupting for six runs in the first four innings, Elizabethton knocked off Johnson City 6-3 to remain within one half game of division leader Greeneville in the race for first place.
  "I've never been in a pennant race before so this is an exciting time for Elizabethton Twins baseball," third baseman David Winfree said..
  Elizabethton took a 2-0 lead in the first when Landon Burt singled but was erased on a fielders choice but Trevor Plouffe advanced. Deacon Burns ripped a shot off the right center field bank to place runners at second and third.
  A rocket off the shortstop's shoulder by Jeremy Pickrel was good for two RBIs and an early lead. Elizabethton took a 3-0 advantage when Johnny Woodward led off the second with a single and moved to third on a double off the bank from David Winfree.
  Elizabethton broke the contest open in the fourth after Javier Sanchez reached on a bean ball and Woodward walked to set the stage for mammoth home run off the bat of Winfree that quieted the Johnson City faithful.
  "I got a good pitch to hit and it felt good when it left the bat," Winfree stated. "I want to do whatever I can to try and move up in this organization, but my main focus is on trying to win the Appy league championship."
  Meanwhile David Shinskie kept the Cardinal hitters off balance the entire evening allowing five hits, and only one earned run while striking out six. Jonathan Martinez was touched for two runs in two and two-thirds innings.
  The Cardinals brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth in Tony Granadillo, who had homered for the Cardinals only run. Twins manager Ray Smith playing the part of Popeye and decided, that's all I can stand. I can't stand no more.
  Instead of spinach, Smith reached out his arm for the "Mater Man" Frank Mata to close the deal. The big right hander mixed a nice breaking ball with two ninety plus mile an hour fast balls to get Granadillo swinging, preserving the win for Elizabethton.
  Winfree was the offensive star going 3-for-4 with three RBI's including a home run and a double. Burt had two hits on the night, as did Burns, who reached safely three times.
  Burlington "the so-called furniture capital of the world" comes calling tomorrow night at Joe O'Brien Field and the Twins would like nothing better than to knock the Indians off their rocker.
  "This is exciting," added Winfree. "The team is trying to find out if Greeneville won or what Johnson City did. We are in a pennant race and nothing would be more special than to win it all."