Aaron Shackelford hit his first professional home run, Ethan Goforth collected the first hit of his pro career and the Bristol Pirates achieved something for the first time in three years.
The BriBucs took a 7-4 Appalachian League win over the Kingsport Mets on Wednesday at Hunter Wright Stadium, winning a third straight series for the first time since the 2016 season.
Bristol (7-8) won two of three games against Elizabethton, Princeton and Kingsport in salvaging a season that began with just one triumph in the first seven games.
Shackelford, Daniel Rivero and Ernny Ordonez each had two hits on Wednesday for the Pirates, while Goforth’s fourth-inning single was the first hit for the former Blacksburg High School and Carson-Newman University star.
Shackelford smacked a solo home run in the fourth inning. He hit 36 home runs this spring for The Master’s University in California and was the NAIA national player of the year.
Kingsport (7-8) scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to spoil the shutout.
Jose Maldonado (2-1, 2.45 ERA) pitched five scoreless innings with six strikeouts to pick up the win.
Bristol begins a three-game series at Greeneville today.
Pulaski 4, Elizabethton 2
Cabela’s and Camping World are stores frequented often by outdoorsmen.
Cabello and Campero are players for the Pulaski Yankees who ply their trade outdoors.
Antonio Cabello hit a first-inning home run and Gustavo Campero had two hits and two RBIs as Pulaski hunted out a win over the Elizabethton Twins.
The Yankees are currently camping atop the Appalachian League’s East Division with a 9-5 mark.
Burlington 7, Princeton 4
Cosumnes River College in California is a cradle for talented outfielders.
Jermaine Dye and David Hernandez played there before embarking on long professional careers.
Burle Dixon might be the latest honor student to be produced by the college.
Dixon hit a three-run homer and tallied five RBIs on Wednesday as the Burlington Royals bopped the Princeton Rays for an Appalachian League victory.
Greeneville 6, Johnson City 5
Famed actor Tom Cruise turned 67 on Wednesday and Cristian Olivo celebrated by being the “Top Gun” for the Greeneville Reds in a 10-inning triumph over the Johnson City Cardinals.
Olivo went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Robert Boselli (home run), Peterson Plaz (two hits) and winning pitcher Alec Byrd were also “A Few Good Men” as the Reds bats provided “Days of Thunder.”
It had been “Mission: Impossible” in beating Johnson City, which had won five straight entering the contest, but Greeneville manager Gookie Dawkins made “All the Right Moves” in guiding his club to the victory.
Johnson City skipper Roberto Espinoza likely would have rather done an “Interview with a Vampire” than rehash a game in which his team committed two errors and struck out 15 times.
Bluefield 14, Danville 5
In the 1997 season, Greg Maddux walked just 20 batters for the Atlanta Braves, finishing with a 19-4 record and 2.20 ERA.
The Danville Braves (8-7), the Rookie League affiliate of the Braves, surrendered 21 walks over the last two nights, while allowing 28 Bluefield (8-7) runs in a two-game win streak for the Blue Jays.
Joseph Reyes had three hits, including a three-run home run, and drove in four runs for Bluefield, while Harrison Barger had three hits and Spencer Horwitz and Leonardo Jimenez added two hits apiece. P.K. Morris scored three runs in the victory.
Horwitz is currently leading the league, batting .362.
Brandon Chapman had two doubles and Beau Philip, a second round picked last month out of Oregon State, joined Michael Mateja with two singles apiece for Danville. Bryce Ball had a double and drove in three runs.
Lazaro Estrada (2-0) picked up the win for Bluefield, which out-hit the Braves 13-9. Deyvis Julian, the second of six Danville pitchers, took the loss.