Axmen sweep River Riders as E-Town drops seventh in a row

Published 11:43 am Monday, June 20, 2022

By: Andrew Smith

The Kingsport Axmen (14-3) won their fifth straight game on Sunday afternoon over the Elizabethton River Riders (8-9) by a final of 6-1 in a seven-inning affair. Left fielder Ian Riley went 4-for-4 with three runs scored.

The loss was the seventh in a row for the River Riders, who have not won a game since June 11, a 5-0 win against the Bristol State Liners. For Kingsport, their five-game streak has allowed them to tie the Burlington Sock Puppets for the best record in the Appalachian League.

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The Axmen got the scoring started in the top of the first. Riley led off the game with an infield single. He came around to score on a single by catcher Shea McGahan, giving Kingsport a 1-0 lead before starter Cole Hales could throw a pitch.

In the top of the third, Kingsport added two more. Riley singled again before being brought home on a single by center fielder Sam Petersen. Right fielder Matt Block also touched home in the frame on a wild pitch. It was 3-0 Axmen through two and a half.

The River Riders got on the board in the bottom of the third. Third baseman Harrison Rodgers would reach on a two-out walk and came home to score on a double by right fielder Morgan Colopy. After three, it was 3-1 in favor of the Axmen.

Kingsport would put the game away in the sixth. After a single by shortstop Aaron Casillas, second baseman Darien Farley would hit a two-run homer to left field, his first hit of the season, to extend the lead to 5-1. Petersen added another RBI single in the frame as well, making it 6-1 after five and a half.

Nothing was going for the E-Town offense in the last two frames, and the score of 6-1 held. After a league-wide off day on Monday, the River Riders will continue a seven-game homestand against the Bluefield Ridge Runners. First pitch from Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. Kingsport will play host to the Bristol State Liners on Tuesday. The game will start at 7 p.m. at Hunter Wright Stadium.


Final/7 R H E

Axmen 6 12 0

River Riders 1 5 1


W: Hales (2-0)

L: Rothermel (2-2)