The Twins racked up 15 hits on the way to a 15-5 thrashing of the K-Mets at Hunter Wright Stadium.
The win in the opener of the three-game series between the division’s top teams gave Elizabethton (15-8) a two-game advantage in the standings.
The run total was the second highest of the season for the Twins, following last month’s 19-5 win over Bristol.
HITS, HITS AND MORE HITS
The first three Elizabethton batters up struck out to start the game. Kingsport pitching also set down Twins in order in both the eighth and ninth innings.
The second through seventh innings, however, were all about hitting.
Six Twins had multiple hits, led by the 3-for-4 efforts of Chris Williams and Alex Robles. Robles drove in two runs and Williams had one RBI; both also reached once on walks.
Ryan Jeffers went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double and two walks. DeShawn Keirsey Jr. also had two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, and Trevor Casanova and Michael Helman had two hits and an RBI apiece.
Tyler Webb finished with three RBIs.
K-METS BASH IT, TOO
Kingsport (13-10) pounded out 10 hits of its own but could not match the Twins’ run production.
Luis Santana provided four of the K-Mets’ hits, all of them singles, and drove in two runs.
Gavin Garay picked up two RBIs with one swing of the bat, his two-run homer over the left-field fence.
Kenny Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a walk.
ON THE MOUND
Austin Schulfer (2-0) picked up the victory. Going the rest of the way after relieving starter Brian Rapp to begin the fifth, Schulfer limited the K-Mets to two runs on three hits.
K-Mets starter Garrison Bryant (0-1) took the loss despite piling up seven strikeouts over his four innings.
GAME 2 ON TAP
The second game of the series is a matinée, with Sunday’s first pitch set for 4 p.m. at Hunter Wright Stadium.