Aaron Shackelford and Josh Bissonette collected three hits apiece Thursday night as the Bristol Pirates took an 8-7 win over the Greeneville Reds in Appalachian League action at Pioneer Park.
Shackelford, who also scored two runs, was named the 2019 NAIA player of the year after hitting 36 home runs for The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California.
Bissonette crafted a .264 career batting average at Baylor University as a four-year starter in the infield.
Eli Wilson (University of Minnesota) and Francisco Acuna added two hits apiece for Bristol, with Acuna blasting a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
Enrique Santana, who played in the Dominican Summer League last season, improved his record to 2-0 with the decision. Bear Bellomy (Wright State) crafted his second save.
Princeton 14, Danville 8, 7 innings
Dee Clark had a hit record in 1961 called “Raindrops” and it was very likely the song was being played over the PA at Hunnicutt Field.
The raindrops, so many raindrops, fell fast and furious cutting short the Appalachian League game which the Rays won in seven innings over the Braves.
For the Braves, it may have felt like a hailstorm as the Rays pelted Danville with 17 hits. Diego Infante had a pair of home runs and five RBIs while Luis Leon went 4-for-4 for Princeton.
Elizabethton 6, Kingsport 2
One might think Lincoln, California, was named after Abraham Lincoln. Nope.
Lincoln, which is part of the Sacramento metropolitan area, was named in 1859 after Charles Lincoln Wilson, one of the organizers and directors of the California Central Railroad.
Whether Lincoln native Alex Isola knows this tidbit of history about his hometown is not really important. What is important is that Isola, who was a 29th round Minnesota draft pick, is hitting .400 for Elizabethton and in the Twins win over the Mets hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second inning which gave Elizabethton a 2-1 lead.
Pulaski 7, Burlington 5
Before a Burlington Athletic Stadium crowd of 2,387, catcher Saul Torres drove in two runs on three hits as the Yankees improved to a league-best 10-5.
Torres, who slammed his second homer of the season, is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
Fifth-round pick John Rave (Illinois State) collected two of the four hits for Burlington.