GREENEVILLE – Greeneville and Kingsport split a doubleheader on Wednesday as the Flyboys secured a 9-4 victory in game one, while the Axmen notched a 5-2 victory in game two at Pioneer Park.
Greeneville (31-15-1) rallied for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of game one and would hold off a three-run sixth inning from Kingsport. The Axmen flipped the script on Greeneville in game two, scoring three runs in the fourth inning and two more in the seventh inning.
The Flyboys would get five solid innings on the mound from Cal Lambert in game one against the Axmen. Lambert allowed just one run and scattered three hits on the night as the Greeneville offense rallied for him in the sixth inning.
Kingsport opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning with a run-scoring single from Preston Steele to make it 1-0. Greeneville got things rolling on offense with a one-out walk in the bottom of the fifth inning. Chris Williams knotted the score with a run-scoring single and would be followed by a bases-loaded walk to Eddie Micheletti to give the Flyboys a 2-1 advantage.
Christian Ficca delivered the biggest hit of the inning with a grand slam over the wall in right field to open the doors and extend the Flyboys’ lead to 6-1. Kingsport would have an answer of its own in the sixth inning as the Axmen scored three runs to cut the deficit to 6-4.
The offense kept rolling for Greeneville against the Kingsport bullpen as the Flyboys added three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to push the lead to 9-4. Micheletti provided a two-out double that allowed a pair of runs to score, while Trevor Austin followed with a single that scored Micheletti to make it 9-4.
Derrick Rabb closed the door on the Axmen in the top of the seventh inning to secure the victory. Lambert earned his first win of the season for Greeneville as he finished with six strikeouts and no walks on the night. Ficca and Croom combined to notch six of Greeneville’s 11 hits in the contest.
Croom would open the scoring for Greeneville in game two with a sacrifice fly that allowed TJ Ash to score from third base and make it 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Kingsport and Gaven Jones would limit the Greeneville offense on the night as the Flyboys notched just four hits. The Axmen rallied to take the lead in the top of the fourth inning as a two-run single pushed the visiting team ahead 2-1. Kingsport scored another run in the frame to extend the lead to 3-1.
Kingsport added a pair of runs against the Flyboys in the top of the seventh inning. A run-scoring single would make it 4-1, while a double with two outs pushed the lead to 5-1. Greeneville looked to rally in the bottom of the seventh inning and plated a run following a single from Croom. A strikeout with a pair of runners in scoring position ended the contest and secured the victory for Kingsport.
The Flyboys host the Axmen again on Thursday for a single nine-inning contest beginning at 7 p.m. Be sure to visit www.FlyboysBaseball.com for news, upcoming games, promotions, tickets, and more.