Elizabethton Wins Division, Eyes Championship

For Elizabethton, it has been a year of dominance in the Appalachian League. They finished the regular season with a 48-19 record, good enough to finish the season 17.5 games ahead of second place Bristol. They will play a best-of-three series against Danville for the league championship starting Wednesday.

The Elizabethton Twins finished off their regular season on Tuesday, coming back from a 5-0 deficit to beat Princeton 9-6. Erik Lis hit two home runs, and Ryan Gehring picked up the win after throwing 6.1 solid innings of relief.

For Elizabethton, it has been a year of dominance in the Appalachian League. They finished the regular season with a 48-19 record, good enough to finish the season 17.5 games ahead of second place Bristol. They will play a best-of-three series against Danville for the league championship starting Wednesday.

Like any great team, the E-Town Twins had their fair share of stars this season. Offensively, the team was led by Lis, Juan Portes, Caleb Moore, and Yancarlos Ortizl to name a few.

Lis, who was named Twins' Minor League Player of the Week a few weeks back, was the big stick in the lineup. He drove in 41 runs in 49 games, and led the team with a .577 slugging percentage. The slugging first baseman also hit ten home runs, smacked 12 doubles, and finished the regular season with a .315 batting average.

Portes was the anchor of the infield, and posted a solid .287 batting average. He also led the team, and finished third in the league with 12 home runs, and drove in 39. Juan also led the team in extra-basehits, as he had 12 doubles, and a triple to go along with his 12 taters.

Moore was the team's backstop, and did a great job with the pitching staff. He appeared in 36 games, and posted an impressive batting average of .309. He finished with three home runs, six doubles, and only made two errors behind the plate.

Ortiz teamed with Portes in the middle of the infield, playing 47 games at shortstop. He batted .290, and led the team with ten stolen bases. As a team, the Twins finished second in the league with a team batting average of .280.

Alexander Smit anchored the top ranked pitching staff in the league, en-route to being named a post-season All-Star. He appeared in 21 games out of the bullpen, and posted a tiny ERA of 1.97. He won six games, saved three others, and held opponents to a .157 batting average. As overpowering as they come, Smit led the league in strikeouts with 86.

Other pitchers of note were Daniel Powers, Adam Hawes, Yohan Pino, and Ryan Mullins. Powers finished the year at 3-3 in 22 appearances, and saved four games. He held batters to a .197 batting average, and had an ERA of 2.53.

Hawes may have been the most dominant starter in the league, as he struck out 68 batters in 59 innings of work. He posted a 4-1 record, had an ERA of 1.53, and had a complete game shutout.

Pino and Mullins combined to be one of the best 1-2 combinations in the league, starting 23 games between them. They finished a combined 12-2, and each struck out more than 60 batters. They also showed excellent control, walking only 26 batters in 121.1 innings of work. Pino led the Appalachian league in wins with nine, and finished third in innings pitched with 67.2.

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