ELIZABETHTON — The Kingsport Axmen used two big innings to brush aside the Elizabethton River Riders on Tuesday night.
The Axmen scored four times in the second inning and three in the fifth and rode the momentum to a 7-3 victory in an Appalachian League baseball game at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark.
Trailing by five runs, the River Riders loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning but managed only a sacrifice fly.
The Axmen (2-3) and River Riders (2-3) are scheduled to meet again at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
Trailing 2-0, Kingsport saddled up to the run buffet thanks to Elizabethton generosity. With one out, the Axmen scored their first run thanks to two walks, an error and a bases-loaded walk.
Dante Leach followed with a single that plated a pair of runs and gave Kingsport the lead for good.
Will Spears added an RBI single make it 4-2.
FIFTH TIME AROUND
Kingsport made the scoreboard change again with three runs in the fifth inning.
Pablo Ruiz had an RBI single to make it 5-2 and Connor Milton’s sac fly plated another run. An error pushed across the inning’s final tally.
Leach and Milton finished with two RBIs apiece.
Axmen starter Malik Binns pitched three innings, allowing one hit and one earned run. Adam Parra tossed a pair of shutout innings, and Cole Kirschsieper went two innings with no hits and four strikeouts.