ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - The Elizabethton Twins own the best record in the Appalachian League. They are currently 20-13 in the West Division.
This is an organization that already owns 10 league titles. Their secret to success? It may be something they do outside the ballpark.
They are used to intense workouts on muggy July afternoons.
"They're constantly working, constantly throwing which is wear and tear on the body," Twins Athletic Trainer Steve Taylor told News 5 WCYB.
Directly behind Joe O'Brien Field, lies the Watauga River. It can replace a cold tub on a hot day. The Twins players help themselves to the 52 degree water.
"It's a little more fun than a regular ice bath," one player explains.
Their river ritual, is all strength and conditioning coach approved.
"It helps with pain and soreness," Taylor explains.
Two hours before first-pitch, you can find the Twins wading and splashing along in the Watauga River.
"You can't do that in the training room," strength and conditioning coach Travis Rush says.
"You have to find ways to have fun outside the stadium so this helps. Gosh it's a blast."
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