Richardson Plays Hero, Elizabethton Wins Crown

The Elizabethton Twins won the Appalachian League Title on Friday night, coming from behind to defeat the Danville Braves 5-4. After winning the first game of the series, the Twins were beat badly by Danville in the second game 15-2. As the series finale was slated to be played in Danville, the Twins looked to be an underdog.

he Elizabethton Twins won the Appalachian League Title on Friday night, coming from behind to defeat the Danville Braves 5-4. After winning the first game of the series, the Twins were beat badly by Danville in the second game 15-2. As the series finale was slated to be played in Danville, the Twins looked to be an underdog.

But that was not the way the Twins saw it, as they showed the drive and attitude that led them to a 48-19 regular season record. Manager Ray Smith, who had previously won four Appalachian League crowns, really put the game into prospective.

"Losing 15-2 is nothing compared to what the people of New Orleans are going through," Smith told MiLB.com. "I told the players they shouldn't put pressure on themselves.

E-Town jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth, as Asher Demme's wild pitch with the bases loaded scored Mark Robinson. The Twins would score their second run of the inning when slugger Erik Lis singled home Juan Portes.

It didn't take Danville long to come back, as they scored three runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Kala Kaaihue ripped a three-run double, giving Danville a 3-2 lead.

Danville would add a fourth run in the bottom of the fifth, as a Quentin Davis sac fly scored Jose Santos.

That would be all for Danville, as Elizabethton fought back and tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh.

Mark Robinson hit a bases-loaded single, scoring two runners, and completely swinging the momentum in E-Town's favor.

Sean Richardson would play the role of hero in this one, as the catcher drove in the decisive run in the top of the eighth inning. Richardson also realized that big losses are going to happen, and you have to put it behind you.

"We got to the park today and joked around a little," Richardson said. "Big losses like that happen in baseball, and I think we showed a lot of class coming in here and playing them tough."

The game ended just as it has so many times for Elizabethton this season, with Timothy Lahey pitching a perfect ninth inning.

TwinCitiesDugout.com would like to congratulate Elizabethton on a great season, and which Manager Ray Smith another great season next year.

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