Pulaski splits two with Kingsport

The Pulaski River Turtles take down the Kingsport Axmen 7-2 in game 1 of a Sunday doubleheader. In game two, the Axmen got revenge with a big 16-9 victory.

Game one was on track to be a low scoring affair, until Pulaski exploded for six runs in the sixth.

Kingsport got the board first, where an E1 in the top of the second brought in third baseman Jake Perry to make it 1-0.

Pulaski tied it up in the bottom of the third, when left fielder TJ Fondtain hit an RBI double to bring in center fielder Rodney Green Jr. and make it 1-1.

Kingsport took the lead back in the fourth, where an RBI single by first baseman Corbin Shaw that brought in right fielder Ian Riley made it 2-1.

Things looked bleak as Kingsport’s Connor Maggi came in for relief and retired five straight batters. That was until Pulaski exploded for six runs in the sixth, with all of them coming off singles. They tied it up when first baseman Owen Deshazo hit a 2 RBI single to bring in second baseman Brian Nicolas and right fielder Connor Fuhrman. Shortstop Romeo Ballesteros then followed that up with an RBI single to bring in Deshazo. In the next at-bat, Fondtain hit an RBI single for himself and make it 6-2. The final run came when third baseman Ryland Zaborowski hit another RBI single to make it 7-2.

The win went to reliever Derrius York, as he went 1 1/3 innings, allowing no runs off one hit, while striking out one batter. The loss went to Connor Maggi, as he went two innings, allowing six runs (four earned) off six hits, while walking one and striking out three.

-By Kyle Manalo