Going to Wednesday’s game?
Princeton Rays (0-1) vs. K-Mets (1-0)
Where: Hunter Wright Stadium, Kingsport
When: 6:30 p.m.
Starting pitchers: Princeton, TBA; K-Mets, Jose Butto (0-0)
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KINGSPORT — Kingsport brought the bats and the pitching to open the Appalachian League baseball season Tuesday.
The K-Mets pounded out 13 hits, including a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance from Shervyen Newton, on the way to a 7-3 win at Hunter Wright Stadium.
“I’m really excited to start the season like that. Three hits. I was seeing the ball really well tonight,” said Newton, a shortstop. “We swung the bat really well.”
Kingsport got plenty of strong hitting performances in the season opener.
Domingo Martinez, Kenny Hernandez, Raul Beracierta and Guillermo Granadillo each had two hits. The K-Mets’ Luis Santana had only one hit but produced three RBIs, recording a sacrifice fly to score Newton in the first inning and a two-RBI double in the fourth.
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Yoel Romero made the most of his lone hit in the game. The native of Caracas, Venezuela, led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run just inside the foul pole at the 330 mark of left field.
Right-hander Jose Moreno picked up the win for the K-Mets. Moreno threw six complete innings, giving up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts.
Josh Walker threw the final three innings for the season-opening save. Walker struck out six and allowed one run on two hits with no walks.
“That was a really complete ballgame. I was really impressed with the energy that we came out with offensively, defensively and pitching,” said K-Mets manager Sean Ratliff.
“Moreno was tremendous. He hit his spots and did a good job of mixing up pitches. And Walker did a good job of coming in behind him.
“If you pitch and you play solid defense, you can win a lot of games in this league,” Ratliff added. “And we did that. We did that well.”
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Kingsport was also aggressive on the basepaths all night, which led to several of its runs. Ratliff said the team wants to do that each time out.
“That’s something organizationally we preach,” he said. “First to third and second to home. Always looking to take the extra bag, always looking to take the extra 90 feet. Yeah, that’s something that we harp on all the time.
“We played with a ton of energy. We played with our hair on fire and we kept it from pitch one to the last pitch and that’s the way we’re going to have play every single day.”