Dinkelman's Double Leads E-Town To Win

Dinkelman made his pro debut a special one.

The Elizabethton Twins opened their defense of the 2005 Appalachian League title in style, twice coming from behind to win a 13-inning marathon, 6-5. 2006 eighth round selection Brian Dinkelman drove in the game-winning run, with a double in the bottom of the 13th.

The Elizabethton Twins won their Season Opener on Wednesday, edging the Bluefield Orioles in a 13-inning marathon, 6-5. In a game that began as a pitching duel, the Orioles and Twins traded runs late in the game, with the Twins eventually getting the best of the Orioles. As the defending Appalachian League Champions, it was a great start to the 2006 season for Elizabethton.

Alex Burnett got the start for the Twins, and he looked great. He tossed six innings of shutout ball, allowing only two hits, while striking out six. When he left the game, the game was still knotted at 0-0, and he would hand the ball over to Matthew Williams, who was really the only Twins pitcher to get hit hard in the game.

Williams would get roughed up for three earned runs in his two innings of relief, before giving way to Danny Hernandez, who struck out five batters in his two innings of relief. Aaron Craig would come on after Hernandez to work two scoreless innings, before Brandon McConnell (1-0) would finish off the game by striking out three batters in the top of the 13th, and eventually earn the victory.

Offensively, the Twins got on the board first in the bottom of the seventh inning when Gregory Yersich scored on a wild pitch. That lead would quickly evaporate; as the Orioles would go on to score three runs in the top of the eighth. The Twins would come all the way back though, as recently-demoted Henry Sanchez blasted his first Apply League home run in the bottom of the eighth, and Josh Land tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a pinch-hit single.

The Twins appeared to lose the game in the 11th inning, when the Orioles pushed two runs across in the top of the frame. However, they showed true grit once again, scoring twice as well to tie the game up at 5-5. In the bottom of the 13th, 2006 eighth round selection Brian Dinkelman would score 2006 4th round draft choice Garrett Olson with his first professional base hit, to seal the Twins victory.

The Elizabethton Twins face the Bluefield Orioles once again on Thursday, for the second game of a three-game set.

In the game, 2006 6th round pick Jeff Christy, 11th round pick Steven Singleton, and Olson all scored their first professional runs. With Christy and Dinkelman both picking up their first career hits.

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