The Elizabethton Twins are coming off their second-straight Appalachian League title and their 17th division crown and they’ve got the tools in place for another run at more hardware.
Last season the Twins had seven hitters close out the year batting over .300 with first baseman Chris Williams leading the squad in home runs (15) and RBI’s (51).
On the defensive side, the Twins got plenty of support from their pitching staff with 12 different hurlers chalking up two or more wins and eight pitchers nailing down at least 30 strikeouts.
Twins manager Ray Smith knows if his squad wants to repeat last years success, they’ll need to have all-around good players on and off the field.
“Just stick with the process, work hard and try to improve all phases of your game. If you’re an offensive guy, just don’t work on your hitting all the time,” Smith said. “If you’re a defensive player, work on your base running, work on your mental approach, so it’s the whole package we like to touch upon.”
“It’s not just the stuff on the field, we try to teach how to be good citizen’s in the community as well. It’s an education and it’s an education on and off the field as well.”
The Twins open up the season on Tuesday when they host Bluefield.