Big inning proves costly again for River Riders in loss to Sock Puppets

Published 9:03 am Monday, July 10, 2023

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By Andrew Smith
The Elizabethton River Riders fell to the Burlington Sock Puppets on Sunday evening by a final score of 11-7.
E-Town got the scoring started in the first inning, when Brendan Jones doubled to score Dylan Knowles, making it 1-0.
The Sock Puppets took the lead in their next at-bat, when Koby Kropf doubled home a run and Kevin Blowers singled home another. That lead would not last long, though, as the River Riders got two in the bottom of the second, one on a wild pitch and one on a Matty Wright single.
Burlington got three in third on a blast to left center field by Evan Appelwick to take a 5-3 lead. However, Elizabethton tied the game again in the bottom half of the frame, getting one on a solo homer by Jones and one on a double from DJ Dillehay. The next inning, the River Riders took the lead on a Skylar King solo shot.
Unfortunately for E-Town, that lead would not last long, as the Sock Puppets put up a six-spot in the fifth. Runs scored on a Luke Leto sacrifice fly, a Kropf single, an Ethan Lizama base hit, an Isaiah Barkett fielder’s choice, and a James Broderick single. Elizabethton got one run in the bottom half on an RBI groundout, but that is all the River Riders would get.
The River Riders will be back in action on Monday, as they will host the Bristol State Liners. First pitch from Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark is set for 7 p.m.
Saturdays game:
Five-run sixth pushes Sock Puppets past River Riders in game one win
 The Elizabethton River Riders suffered a second straight defeat on Saturday night as they fell to the Burlington Sock Puppets by a final score of 6-2.
The River Riders struck first in the first when DJ Dillehay hit a double to left to plate both Matty Wright and Brendan Jones. Through one, it was 2-0, E-Town.
That is where the score would stay until the pivotal sixth inning, where the Sock Puppets brought home five in the frame. The game was tied on a single from Luke Leto, who eventually scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. The inning was capped off by a two-run homer to right field by Ethan Lizama, making it 5-2.
Burlington tacked on one more in the seventh when a Kenny Mallory Jr. stolen base turned to chaos for the River Rider defense, allowing him to score after a pair of errors.

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