ELIZABETHTON, TN - The Kingsport Axmen battled back in a downpour to defeat the Elizabethton River Riders, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark.
After another rain delay pushed the first pitch back an hour, the Axmen (3-3) struck first with an RBI single by Anthony Tulimero in the second inning.
Elizabethton (2-4) benefitted from an error in the third, plating two in the inning. The River Riders would add a Reagan Guthrie RBI single in the fourth extending the lead to 3-1.
For the third time this season, the Axmen came from behind as Jordan Varela-Payne knocked in a run with a single in the sixth, followed by a two-run error committed by River Riders shortstop John Montes on a two-out popup by Anthony Tulimero.
The visitors would ride more brilliant relief pitching to hold on to the lead and secure the road sweep. Jack Crowder picked up the win with three innings in relief, striking out six. Kyle Scrape entered with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning and struck out the side. Scrape closed it out to secure the save. Axmen pitchers struck out 17 just one day after retiring eleven via the strikeout.
Kingsport is back Thursday, on the road at first-place Greeneville. First pitch set for 7 PM ET. Fans can hear all Axmen games by going to https://www.mlb.com/appalachian-league/kingsport/fans/audio-listen-live.