Elizabethton splits with River Turtles after 13-10 loss

Shortstop John Montes finished a triple shy of the cycle

July 17th, 2021

Pulaski, VA ---The River Riders split their road series in a 13-10 loss against the Pulaski River Turtles at Calfee Park in Pulaski on Friday night. Shortstop John Montes (UCF) finished 3-for-5 and was a triple shy of the cycle.

The River Turtles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run double by shortstop Josh Rolling (California).

The River Riders responded in the top of the third, scoring four runs. Montes tied the game with a two-run home run. First baseman Eli Young (Gateway) scored on a throwing error by Pulaski right fielder John Bay (Oklahoma State University). Right fielder Mario Zabala(Florida International) scored on a single to right field by catcher Chase Adkison (OSU).

The runs continued for Elizabethton in the fourth inning, pushing three River Riders across the plate. Young scored from third on a wild pitch while third baseman Robin Fernandez (St.Thomas) singled, scoring Zabala and second baseman Marcus Brown (OSU).

Pulaski responded in the bottom of the fourth and scored four runs to bring the game within one run, 7-6 River Riders.

On a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth, second baseman Connor Gore (OSU) hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Bay to tie the game, 7-7.

Elizabethton reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth with Fernandez’s third and final RBI of the game on a single to right field, scoring Brown. Adkison then scored on a wild pitch, making it 9-7 River Riders.

In the bottom of the sixth, River Turtles hit a solo home run to left field, bringing Pulaski within one run. With two outs, the River Turtles strung together four hits, scoring four runs, which was enough to give them a 12-9 lead.

Pulaski center fielder Ross Lovich (Missouri) scored on an error by center fielder DJ Sullivan (Florence-Darlington Tech).

E-Town left fielder Garrison Berkeley (TCU) singled to left, scoring Brown in the top of the eighth for the River Riders 10th and final run.

The River Riders will return home to Elizabethton to host the Kingsport Road Warriors this weekend. First pitch is at 7 p.m. Fans can watch or listen to the River Riders with the links below.