GREENEVILLE – Homer Bush, Jr. delivered a walk-off single for Greeneville in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure a 5-4 victory for the Flyboys against Elizabethton on Friday night at Pioneer Park.
Greeneville (17-11-1) knotted the score in the bottom of the eighth inning after seeing its 3-1 lead slip away following a three-run eighth inning from the River Riders. The Flyboys notched their first walk-off win this season and stay atop of the Appalachian League West Division heading into the weekend.
Darius Perry delivered his biggest hit of the season for the Flyboys with a one-out triple in the bottom of the ninth inning. Perry just missed notching his first home run of the season as the ball hit high off the wall in left field. Bush, Jr. followed with a single that would sail into shallow left field to allow Chris Williams to score from third after he entered the game to pinch-run for Perry.
Greeneville needed to put together a rally in the bottom of the eighth inning after Elizabethton gained a 4-3 advantage following a three-run top of the eighth. Jonathan Hogart opened the frame with a four-pitch walk and would score from first thanks to a double from Emanuel Dean as the Flyboys knotted the score, 4-4.
The Flyboys opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning as Jac Croom and Perry worked back-to-back walks. Following a sacrifice bunt from Bush, Jr. that advanced both runners, a balk would be called against the River Riders to make it 1-0. Perry scored to make it 2-0 as Elizabethton committed an error that allowed Hogart to reach base safely.
Bush, Jr. helped give Greeneville a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as Croom scored from third despite Elizabethton turning a 6-4-3 double play to record a pair of outs. The 3-1 advantage would hold until the top of the eighth inning as Elizabethton rallied for three runs against the Greeneville bullpen.
The River Riders gained their first lead of the night off a sacrifice fly to center field as Robin Fernandez scored to give Elizabethton a 4-3 edge. Greeneville reliever Ryan Franklin escaped further damage by fanning Eli Young to end the frame and give his offense a chance to get back to work.
Carter Nowak earned his first victory of the season for Greeneville after working a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Connor Harris took the no-decision after allowing one run off three hits through four innings of work. Austin Troesser was lights-out for the Flyboys out of the bullpen as he fanned seven batters through three innings. Bush, Jr., Dean, Croom and Perry each finished with two-hit nights for Greeneville, while Croom and Perry combined to reach base seven times.
Up next, Greeneville welcomes the Danville Otterbots to Pioneer Park on Saturday and Sunday for a pair of contests to wrap up a four-game homestand. Tickets are available by calling the Flyboys ticket office at 423-609-7400. Be sure to visit www.FlyboysBaseball.com for news, upcoming games, promotions, tickets and more.