Disco Turkeys beat Creekside Crocodiles to stay alive in pool play

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The Carolina Disco Turkeys got a gutsy pitching performance from starter John Owen and also some timely hitting to beat the Youngstown franchise’s Creekside Crocodiles 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon.

With the win, the Disco Turkeys are now 1-1 in pool play and will play the Brooklyn Cougars on Wednesday at noon for the right to advance.

A win Wednesday over Brooklyn Wednesday will send the Disco Turkeys past pool play and into the quarterfinals of the 16-team tournament. The Disco Turkeys lost to Maryland State on Monday afternoon in their tournament opener. On Tuesday, Owen allowed three runs in 7 innings in a solid outing. Owen, who picked up the win, and reliever Scout Nichols worked around trouble in the final three innings.

Second baseman Dino Tharp had a big game at the plate for the Disco Turkeys. He hit a ground-rule double that tied the game at 3 in the fourth inning and the go-ahead single in the top of the sixth to provide the game’s final margin.