By KYLE MANALO
The Pulaski River Turtles fall to the Johnson City Doughboys 22-13 on Wednesday night.
If you are a fan of offense, this was the game to watch, with 32 combined hits and 35 combined runs. This would be Pulaski’s highest outing this season, but this would just be Johnson City’s night.
Johnson City would come out of the gates swinging, scoring five runs in the top of the first. Pulaski would cut that lead down to two thanks to a three-run moonshot from catcher Ryan Johnson, making it 5-3 after one.
Johnson City would put up another run in second, but a Johnson RBI single would negate that run. They would score three in the third and then follow that up with five in the fourth. Pulaski would then cut the lead back down thanks to a four-run bottom of the fourth. The first two runs would come off a 2 RBI double from second baseman Ryan Moerman, then a 2 RBI single from designated hitter Ryan Groves would bring in the next two runs to make it 14-8 heading into fifth inning.
Success would continue for Johnson City as they would score two runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. Pulaski would try to get back in the game, with a three-run sixth and two-run seventh. The three runs in the sixth would come off the bats of center-fielder Christian Smith and Groves, with both hitting moonshots to right-field. The two runs in the seventh would come off a fielding error to help bring in Carter Newman and Moerman.
Johnson City would then score an insurance run in the eighth to make the final 22-13.
Pulaski will look to bounce back on Thursday with a rematch against the Johnson City Doughboys.