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Late-game rally not enough as Doughboys fall to Greeneville

June 18, 2022

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn - A late attack wasn’t enough for the Doughboys as Greeneville took game two of their series, 10-9. The game started off quiet, with reigning Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week winner Tony Neubeck on the mound. Greeneville would strike first, with a trio of hard-hit balls

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn - A late attack wasn’t enough for the Doughboys as Greeneville took game two of their series, 10-9.

The game started off quiet, with reigning Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week winner Tony Neubeck on the mound.

Greeneville would strike first, with a trio of hard-hit balls to take a 2-0 lead.

Johnson City would answer in a big way, as Ashton King hit a moonshot home run to tie the game back up in the third. The Doughboys wouldn’t be done there, as a baseball oddity would come up.

With one out in the inning and Cole Tremain on first, the ball would get knocked away from the Greeneville pitcher, leading to their catcher coming to play the ball. He’d hit the ball with his mask, a play that’s considered using illegal equipment, giving Tremain two bases and moving him to third with just one out. The Doughboys would take advantage of the play, driving in Tremain on the next pitch to take the lead.

That lead would hold through the fifth, as Neubeck would go on a streak of retiring 11 straight Greeneville hitters. Neubeck would try to stretch out into the sixth, but it wouldn’t work out as well for him. Greeneville was able to plate five runs, sending all nine hitters up to the plate.

Johnson City’s offense wouldn’t have much firepower in the middle innings, as 17-of-19 hitters would get retired from the third till the eighth.

Greeneville would add on in the seventh with a three-run home run, making it a seven-run Doughboy deficit at 10-3.

The ninth would be the game-changer for Johnson City.

The Doughboys would load the bases before getting the second out of the inning. Ashton King would get things started with an RBI single into left, injecting some life into the Doughboys' offense. An Isaiah Frost bases-loaded walk would make it a six-run game as Tremain stepped up to the plate. Tremain was the beneficiary of the odd play earlier in the game, and he made sure this one wasn’t as uncommon as he roped a double into left-center. The hit would bring home all three runners, making it a 10-8 ballgame with a runner on second.

Kyle Harbison would keep it moving, driving in Tremain on a single into right field. Ethan Payne would be the winning run at the plate in an inning that started with a seven-run deficit for Johnson City. Payne would send a ball to the wall, but just a few feet foul. He’d eventually get called out on a borderline strike three call, ending the game for the Doughboys.

The six-run ninth just wasn’t quite enough, as Johnson City would fall 10-9 to Greeneville. The loss would drop the Doughboys to 5-11 on the season.

The Doughboys will look to take the series against Greeneville tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.