Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 27, 2013

Jackson homers but Elizabethton doubles up Princeton

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — The Princeton Rays struck for three runs in the first, but were shut out the remainder of the game as the Elizabethton Twins claimed a 6-3 win in game two of the teams’ three game series.

Bralin Jackson led off the game with a home run off Josh Burris and the Rays added two more in the opening frame as Coty Blanchard and David Garcia also touched home.

Elizabethton scored a single run in the first beforing tying the game in the second. The Twins took the lead for good in the fifth  on a solo home run by designated hitter Bryan Haar and added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh.

Jackson led the Rays with two hits, while Blanchard and Hunter Lockwood added doubles. Travis Flores added another RBI to his stats with a first inning single.

Zach Granite, Dereck Rodriguez and Javier Pimentel each collected a pair of hits for Elizabethton.

Rays’ starting pitcher Nolan Gannon absorbed the loss as he worked five innings, gave up four runs on seven hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter. Oscar Armenta pitched an inning and a third and gave up two runs on three hits and Isaac Gil threw the final inning and two-thirds and gave up no runs on one hit.

Andrew Ferreira picked up the win for Elizabethton in relief of Burris. Ferreira pitched two innings of shutout ball and struck out four. Burris hurled four innings and allowed three runs on two hits and also struck out four. Luis Nunez earned his third save of the year as he pitched the game’s final two innings and struck out three Princeton batters.

The teams conclude their three game series tonight in Tennessee. First pitch is set for 7 o’clock.

At Joe O’Brien Stadium

Princeton..................300  000  000  —  3  7   2

Elizabethton..............120  011  10x  —  6  11  1

W-Ferreira (1-0), L-Gannon (0-1), SV-Nunez (3)

HR: PRN: Jackson (1); ELZ: Haar (2)