ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. —
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — The Elizabethton Twins will enter the Appalachian League playoffs in a winning frame of mind after a come-from-behind 6-4 win over the Princeton Rays to close out the regular season Tuesday evening.
The temperature was 90 degrees at the start, and the teams traded single runs until Princeton scored twice in the fifth for a 4-2 advantage.
With two outs in the fifth frame, Ariel Soriano singled and stole his 19th base of the year. That paid off when Darryl George doubled to right field to score Soriano.
Tyler Herr came to the mound to relieve Twins starter Hein Robb, but Herr issued back-to-back walks to Chad Nacapoy and Dan Duran — the latter with the bases loaded — to allow George to stroll home with what would be the Rays’ final run of 2012.
The Twins scored once in the sixth, then tied the game in the seventh on a bunt single by Candido Pimentel that brought Niko Goodrum home. The final two runs, in the eighth, were charged to Chris Kirsch, including a steal of home by Byron Buxton for the final margin.
George was 3 for 5 and Andrew Toles was 2 for 5 at bat in the finale. Oscar Hernandez hit his fifth homer of the season in the fourth inning to tie the game 2-2.
Joshua Burris got the win, pitching the eighth and ninth and allowing just one hit.
Elizabethton, the Appy League West Division champions, plays the Braves in Danville tonight to open the league playoffs.
At Joe O’Brien Field
Princeton..............................................010 120 000 — 4 11 1
Elizabethton..........................................101 001 12x — 6 13 1
Rodriguez, Keudell (5), Gabay (6), Butler (7), Kirsch (8), Weaver (8) and Nacapoy. Robb, Herr (5), Ferreira (8), Burris (8) and Altobelli. WP - Burris (7-0). LP - Kirsch (2-2). HR - Princeton, Hernandez (5) 4th, 0 on; Elizabethton, Kepler (10) 3rd, 0 on.