ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. —
Princeton will not make the Appalachian League playoffs, but in their next-to-last game of the year, the Rays fought off the West Division champion Elizabethton Twins by a 4-3 score on Monday night in Tennessee.
John Alexander’s 15th double of the year in the top of the ninth brought home Ariel Soriano, who had reached on Elizabethton’s only error of the day, with the deciding run, breaking a 3-3 tie that had lasted since the fifth inning.
Nick Sawyer struck out three batters in the bottom of the ninth, after allowing one walk, to pick up the win.
Julian Morillo and Ismel Antunez, each 2 for 4, were the only other batters for Princeton (36-31) to get hits off a four-man pitching effort by Elizabethton (42-22).
Rays starter Bruedlin Suero pitched into the fifth inning, allowing six hits and the three earned runs by the Twins. Elizabethton’s seven hits came from seven batters.
The teams meet for the regular-season finale today at 7:05 p.m.
The Danville Braves (36-27) beat Johnson City 5-3 on Monday and will compete as the East Division “wild card.”
At Joe O’Brien Field
Elizabethton.......100 110 001 — 4 5 1
Princeton............010 020 000 — 3 7 2
Bruedlin Suero, Randy Davis (5), Nick Sawyer (8) and Omar Narvaez. Angel Mata, Luis Nunez (2), Travis Huber (4), Kaleb Merck (7) and Kelly Cross. WP - Sawyer (2-1). LP - Merck (3-2). HR - none. Time - 2:42. Att - 792.