Pulaski wins Eastern Division after win over Bluefield

August 7th, 2021

The Pulaski River Turtles are Eastern Division Champions after a 9-1 victory over the Bluefield Ridge Runners. The game's story was the gem pitched by Luke Reed, as he threw a complete game with 16 strikeouts. 

The Pulaski River Turtles will face the Greeneville Flyboys on Monday night in Greeneville for the Appalachian League Championship at 7 p.m.

Pulaski (32-21) started fast with a solo shot by Jackson Beaman in the first and for a quick 1-0 lead.

Pulaski added onto that lead in the second with an RBI single by Evan Minarovic that drove in Ryan Johnson to make it 2-0.

In the fourth, Pulaski brought in two runs to extend their lead to 4-0. The first run came off a wild pitch to bring in Beaman. The second was thanks to an RBI single by Mark Trotta that brought in Cameron Leary. 

Bluefield (26-25) would put up a run on the board in the top of the seventh, but Pulaski answered with a four-run bottom of the seventh. An RBI single by Mark Trotta would start the scoring. After that, an E3 would bring in Cameron Leary. A two-run moonshot to dead-center field by John Bay would cap off the inning for Pulaski and make the game 8-1.

An RBI double by Ryan Johnson would add on an extra insurance run in the eighth and make it 9-1.

The Pitcher of the Game went Reed, as he threw a complete game, allowing only two hits, one earned run, walked two, and struck out 16. He did all of this on 134 pitches for the win. The loss went to Ben Harris, who allowed six hits, four earned runs, walked three and struck out five.

The hitter of the game went to John Bay as he went 3-for-4 with one run scored and two runs batted in.

Pulaski will cap off the regular season Saturday with a rematch against the Bluefield Ridge Runners.