ELIZABETHTON – The Greeneville Flyboys held three different leads Friday night and used a six-run fifth inning to notch a 14-6 victory against the Elizabethton River Riders at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark. The win marks the first-ever for the Flyboys as Greeneville closed its season-opening series with a 1-1 record against the River Riders.
The Flyboys sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the fifth inning and turned a 5-3 deficit into a 9-5 lead as each of the first six batters in the innings touched home. Jonathan Hogart delivered the lone hit of the inning for Greeneville with a double that allowed a runner to score. The Flyboys took advantage of six walks and two hit batters by Elizabethton pitching in the inning.
Greeneville scored 12 of its runs in the middle innings of the contest as the Flyboys added three runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh. The Flyboys opened the top of the sixth inning with four straight hits, which produced three runs, to increase the lead to 12-5.
Zeddric Burnham opened the game for Greeneville with his first triple of the season and would score two batters later as Hogart delivered a single to make it 1-0. In his first start of the season for Greeneville, Chris Williams connected for the first Flyboys home run in the second inning to knot the score at two runs apiece.
Elizabethton rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 5-3 lead as John Montes delivered a two-out single that plated a pair of runs for the River Riders. Elizabethton added a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to close the scoring.
Sam Peddycord started on the mound for the Flyboys and would be the first of five pitchers to make an appearance for Greeneville. Zane Robbins tossed an inning of relief before Logan Peterson worked two frames. Peterson recorded his first win for the Flyboys, while Luke Russo and Cameron Wagoner combined to work the final five innings of the game. Hogart finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs batted in for Greeneville, while Williams and Trevor Austin combined to go 4-for-8 with six runs batted in.
The Flyboys travel to Bluefield for a pair of games Saturday and Sunday against the Ridge Runners. The first pitch Saturday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Bowen Field. Greeneville hosts Johnson City at Pioneer Park for its inaugural home opener Tuesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. Be sure to visit www.FlyboysBaseball.com for news, upcoming games, promotions, tickets, and more.