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Elizabethton Twins take Game 1 with Kingsport Mets

From staff reports • Aug 31, 2018 at 11:41 PM

KINGSPORT — A four-run seventh inning propelled the Elizabethton Twins to a 7-3 victory over the Kingsport Mets in the opening game of the Appalachian League semifinals Friday night at Hunter Wright Stadium.

Gilberto Celestino had a home run and drove in two runs and Alex Robles had three RBIs for the West Division champion Twins.

Elizabethton starter Josh Wilder held the K-Mets to one run over six innings. He allowed four hits and struck out eight batters. Jacob Blanks worked the final 2 1/3 innings for the save.

West Division runner-up Kingsport managed just six hits. Mark Vientos had two of them.

Celestino’s two-run homer keyed Elizabethton’s big inning. Robles and Ricky De La Torre each had an RBI single in the fateful frame.

The teams meet again today at 6 p.m. when the semifinal series moves to Elizabethton’s Joe O’Brien Field. The Twins can clinch the series while the K-Mets need to win to remain alive.

The Bluefield Blue Jays opened the other Appy League semifinal victory a 12-7 win over the Princeton Rays. The winners of the two best-of-three series meet for the league title.

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