Trevor Casanova delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Twins a 4-3 win over the Kingsport Mets in Appalachian League action at Joe O’Brien Field.
With the victory, the Twins (8-6) moved into a first-place tie with the K-Mets (8-6) in the league’s Western Division.
LOTS OF ACTION
The win was big for Elizabethton as far as the standings, but Casanova said he and his teammates are going to be playing hard regardless of where they are in the standings.
“It’s a big series. Every game, every series we go into we’re going to try and win,” said Casanova. “We’re going to try to put runs on the board and come out with the win, no matter what, whether we’re in last place or we’re in first place. We’re going to try to win every single day.”
Elizabethton Manager Ray Smith said picking up the win was a big boost for his team.
“These guys had an upbeat attitude, and they stayed in the game the entire length of the game,” Smith said.
“When you play a team like Kingsport, you’re playing against a good club, and it tests what you’re made of. It was a high-intensity type of game, and it was a good battle between both clubs.
K-METS LEAD EARLY
Kingsport jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning by smacking four of its 10 hits in the contest. But the Twins cut the lead in the bottom of the first inning and tied it at 2 in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run from Chris Williams.
Williams’ homer gave him five on the season, tying him for the most in the Appy League.
MOVING ON UP
The two teams each added a run before Ryan Jeffers delivered a one-out double in the bottom of the ninth and then scored on Casanova’s single to win the game.
Relief pitcher Ricky Ramirez (2-0) picked up the win after retiring the K-Mets in order in the top of the ninth.
The win was the last for Ramirez in Elizabethton, at least for now. Ramirez received notice after the win that he has been called up to Cedar Rapids, the Twins’ Class A club.
“It’s good for him. We want to win, but we want to move guys up. It’s all about developing them,” said Smith.