Burlington wins for the first time in 2024 with late game heroics

Sock Puppets score nine unanswered to win game on against the Doughboys

BURLINGTON, N.C. - After being down 9-0 after the 2nd Inning, the Sock Puppets mounted one of the largest comebacks in Sock Puppets history to secure their first victory of the 2024 season. They scored 11-unanswered runs in the final three innings to take the lead and win game one against the Johnson City Doughboys.

The game started with a bang for the Johnson City Doughboys, who brought six runs across to score in the 1st, after sending 10 batters to the plate in the inning. The Doughboys added three more runs in the second after a three-run home run by Noah Rabin. The first run for the Sock Puppets came in the bottom of the third due to a fielder's choice double play.

Both offenses stalled in the game's middle innings, but the Sock Puppets' comeback started in the sixth. Two runs came across after Ryan Smith walked the bases loaded, and cutting the deficit down to six.

Burlington's offense came alive in the seventh in the most powerful way, hitting back-to-back three-run home runs; one by Cole Nelson (UNC-Wilmington) and the other by Charlie Granatell (Elon University). Those 6-runs serving as the tying effort to the 9-run comeback.

In the eighth, the Sock Puppets took the lead, scoring the go-ahead run with a Nick Allen RBI single and then a crucial insurance run with a single up the middle into center field by Brian Heckelman. Jerek Hobb recorded the final three outs to cap off a thrilling game, giving the Sock Puppets their first victory of the 2024 season.

Game two of the three-game series is tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, at 7:00pm with gates opening at 6:00pm.