GREENEVILLE – Greeneville starter Connor Harris gave his team seven solid innings and the offense delivered a pair of home runs as the Flyboys defeated Kingsport 10-3 on Thursday at Pioneer Park.
Greeneville (32-15-1) secured home-field advantage for the inaugural Appalachian League Championship Game with the victory as the Flyboys will finish the regular season with the best overall winning percentage. The winner-take-all game is scheduled for Monday, August 9 with first pitch set for 7 p.m. at Pioneer Park.
The Flyboys would take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Tayler Aguilar delivered a single that allowed Trevor Austin to score. Harris responded on the mound for Greeneville as he retired each of the first eight batters that he faced on the night.
Harris would continue to keep the Kingsport offense at bay as Greeneville rallied for a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Homer Bush, Jr. made it 2-0 with a single that allowed Eddie Micheletti to score from third. Jac Croom delivered the biggest hit of the night for the Flyboys as he raced around the bases for an inside-the-park three-run home run to extend the advantage to 5-0.
Aguilar opened the bottom of the seventh inning with his team-leading fourth home run to give Greeneville a 6-1 lead after Kingsport plated a run in the top of the fifth inning. Harris would exit the game for the Flyboys after limiting the Axmen to a single run off of four hits through seven innings of work.
Kingsport rallied against the Greeneville bullpen as the Axmen scored a pair of runs to trim the deficit to 6-3 following three walks and one error by the Greeneville defense. Zane Robbins entered the game with a pair of runners on base and tallied a strikeout to bring a close to the inning. The Flyboys added four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 10-3 advantage heading to the ninth inning.
Robbins closed the game on the mound for Greeneville and notched a strikeout to strand a runner on base after issuing a leadoff walk. Robbins recorded his second save of the season for Greeneville, while Harris improved to 4-1 on the season after fanning six batters and walking none.
Aguilar, Croom, and Micheletti combined to record eight of Greeneville’s 11 hits in the contest as Croom finished with four runs batted in for the Flyboys. The multi-home run contest for Greeneville pushed its team total to 20 on the season as 11 different players have contributed to the category.
Greeneville wraps up its regular season with a pair of games against the Johnson City Doughboys on Friday and Saturday. The Flyboys make the trip to Johnson City on Friday before hosting the Doughboys on Saturday for a 7 p.m. first pitch at Pioneer Park. Be sure to visit www.FlyboysBaseball.com for news, upcoming games, promotions, tickets, and more.