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River Riders get swept on walk off from Johnson City

June 15, 2023

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Elizabethton River Riders dropped their second game in a row on Wednesday against the Johnson City Doughboys by a final score of 14-11. The Doughboys struck first in the first when Cody Miller scored on a throwing error after stealing third base. Elizabethton tied the

Kerry Herndon-Brown, Connar Penrod earn Appalachian League opening week honors

Herndon-Brown and Penrod named Appy League Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively
June 12, 2023

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Appalachian League announced that Elizabethton’s Kerry Herndon-Brown and Greeneville’s Connar Penrod were named Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the period of June 6 to June 11. Herndon-Brown, 18, earned Hitter of the Week honors for the first week of the Appalachian League

River Riders take Game 2 from State Liners to close strong homestand

June 11, 2023

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - The River Riders took care of business on Sunday against the State Liners with a 6-3 victory, climbing back into a tie for first place in the Appalachian League West with Bristol. The runs were plentiful in the first inning, as both squads put up a two

River Riders slug their way past Axmen in Opening Day victory

June 7, 2023

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – Three different River Riders hit home runs Tuesday night as Elizabethton defeated the Kingsport Axmen, 9-7. The Axmen got the scoring started in the top half of the first when Payton Allen came home on a sacrifice fly by Corbin Shaw. However, Elizabethton came back in a

River Riders announce 2023 roster

May 10, 2023

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - The Elizabethton River Riders have named their 32-man roster for the 2023 Appalachian League season. The roster is composed of 17 pitchers and 15 position players, all college students from across the nation. “Our community is in store for an action-packed summer of baseball,” River Riders manager

Elizabethton River Riders announce 2023 coaching staff

Manager Jeremy Owens returns with John Chalupa, Andy Tomberlin and Kody Eckert to the lineup
March 27, 2023

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - The River Riders announce their 2023 coaching staff joining manager Jeremy Owens this season in Elizabethton. Leading the team this season includes hitting coach Andy Tomberlin, pitching coach John Chalupa and athletic trainer Kody Eckert. “The River Riders are fortunate to have returning hitting and pitching coaches

Appalachian League's 2023 managers set to take the helm

February 21, 2023

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Over the last several weeks, Appalachian League teams have announced their managers for the 2023 season. That group includes four brand-new faces with more than 150 years of combined experience in professional baseball. Former big league manager John McLaren, along with Dennis Cook, Bill Kinneberg and

Appalachian League participates in MLK Day of Service 

January 18, 2023

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Appalachian League executives participated in the 28th annual MLK Day of Service on Jan. 16, 2023, volunteering in nine communities across North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Tabbed as a “day on, not a day off” to celebrate the life and legacy of the Civil

Appalachian League celebrates 2022 charitable contributions

December 20, 2022

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Appalachian League announced that the league’s charitable outreach grew to more than $3.4 million of gift-in-kind and monetary donations this year. Additionally, the league and its clubs volunteered more than 11,000 hours of community service. The league’s reach impacts the towns and cities their 10

Elizabethton River Riders unveil 2023 season schedule

November 7, 2022

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - The Elizabethton River Riders announced their 2023 baseball schedule. The River Riders will host their first home game June 6 against the Kingsport Axmen. The 2023 Appalachian League season begins June 6 and runs through July 31. The River Riders will celebrate Independence Day at Northeast Community

Appy League adds Justin Morgenstern as director of player personnel

October 7, 2022

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Appalachian League is pleased to announce the hiring of Justin Morgenstern as the new director of player personnel. Morgenstern joins the Appalachian League from the Philadelphia Phillies, where he was an area scout since 2016. Morgenstern spent his first three years with the organization covering

Elizabethton River Riders announce Kiva Fuller as general manager

September 30, 2022

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - Boyd Sports, LLC announces Kiva Fuller as the general manager of the Elizabethton River Riders, effective Oct. 3. Kiva joins the River Riders coming from the Johnson City Doughboys as the general manager for the past two seasons, earning the Appalachian League Patriot Award and Promotional Award.

Appalachian League announces Humanitarian of the Year nominees

August 22, 2022

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Appalachian League announced the 10 nominees for its 2022 Humanitarian of the Year award. The Humanitarian of the Year award is given to the Appalachian League player that has been judged to have made the most notable contributions in his community during the season through

2022 All-Appalachian League Team announced

Bluefield's Jackson Feltner and Burlington's Mason Ruh highlight All-Appy League Team
August 18, 2022

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Appalachian League announced the 2022 All-Appalachian League Team. The honorees were nominated and voted on by the league’s managers. The All-Appalachian League Team is highlighted by Bluefield’s Jackson Feltner, who was named Player of the Year, and Burlington’s Mason Ruh, who earned Pitcher of the

River Riders come from behind to defeat Pulaski

August 5, 2022

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – An early lead by the Pulaski River Turtles was not enough Friday night in Elizabethton, as the River Riders came back from a two-run deficit with a four-run seventh inning to beat Pulaski 8-4. The River Turtles got on the board first with a sacrifice fly in

River Riders split doubleheader against Bristol

August 3, 2022

BRISTOL, Va. - The Elizabethton River Riders split a seven-inning doubleheader Wednesday night against the Bristol State Liners. They won the first game, 11-3, but dropped Game 2, 7-2, to Bristol. Bristol struck early in Game 1, with three first-inning runs, but the Blue and Yellow hit back. Carlo Zorola

Greeneville downs Elizabethton, 7-2

August 1, 2022

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - Following a week in which the Elizabethton River Riders played just one game, they fell, 7-2, to the Greeneville Flyboys on Monday night at NCCU Ballpark. Greeneville pounded out 10 hits on the night, including seven combined hits from Myles Smith and Cameron LaLiberte to push the

River Riders, Ridge Runners canceled due to rain

July 28, 2022

BLUEFIELD, W.V. - The Elizabethton River Riders and Bluefield Ridge Runners will not play this week due to rainouts on both July 27 and July 28, with the games not being made up due to no other availability for a makeup game. The River Riders (21-23) are still looking to

Johnson Jr. hits walk-off single, East tops West at 2022 Appy League All-Star Game

July 27, 2022

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- The East defeated the West, 6-5, at the 2022 Appalachian League All-Star Game presented by Visit Alamance on Tuesday night at Burlington Athletic Stadium. After Greeneville's Brock Daniels (Missouri) hit a game-tying two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth, Danville's RJ Johnson Jr

Basler's walk-off helps Elizabethton down Burlington, 6-5

July 24, 2022

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, the Elizabethton River Riders battled all the way to the end and earned a 6-5 victory over the Burlington Sock Puppets on Saturday night thanks to a walk-off single by Peyton Basler. One night after a four-hour-plus win over Pulaski, the

River Rider bats explode, score 22 in win over Pulaski

July 23, 2022

22-16. No, that is not a football score. The Elizabethton River Riders won a wild, high-octane offensive affair at Calfee Park in Pulaski over the River Turtles, 22-16, on Friday night. It was a night in which Elizabethton managed to get 31 runners on base and have multiple players with

River Riders can’t complete comeback, drop game to Pulaski

July 22, 2022

PULASKI, Va. - The Elizabethton River Riders fell into a 5-0 hole after two innings Thursday night against Pulaski, and despite clawing all the way back to lead in the sixth inning, they couldn’t hold on as the Blue and Yellow fell to the River Turtles, 8-7. Elizabethton was behind

Early deficit dooms River Riders as Axmen sweep

July 20, 2022

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Nothing seemingly went right on Wednesday night for the Elizabethton River Riders, as they were swept in a critical two-game series by the Kingsport Axmen, 10-3, on Wednesday night. The Axmen were off and running early, scoring three runs in the first with the help of a

Elizabethton River Riders announce Appalachian League All-Star selections

July 20, 2022

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The Appalachian League has announced its rosters for the second annual All-Star Game taking place on Tuesday, July 26 at Burlington Athletic Stadium in Burlington, N.C. The game is presented by Visit Alamance, and will feature 44 of the league’s top players. Selections were made by the