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K-Mets survive in 10, force Game 3 with Twins

Kevin Mays • Sep 1, 2018 at 11:54 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Appalachian League West Division championship series is headed to the third and deciding game.

Game 2 of the series took a while to be decided Saturday night. Kingsport and Elizabethton went 10 innings and played for over 3½ hours before the K-Mets escaped O’Brien Field with a 7-6 extra-inning win.

Game 3 of the series is set for Sunday at 6 p.m. back at O’Brien Field.

FIGHT TO THE FINISH

After scoring three runs in the first inning, Kingsport did not score again until the 10th.

The Twins pushed the game into extra innings by scoring a run in the second, fourth and seventh innings.

In the top of the 10th, the K-Mets’ big bats came to life. Mark Vientos delivered a one-out, two-RBI double that scored Ronny Mauricio and Jarred Kelenic. Ranfy Adon delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to put Kingsport up 7-3.

Vientos finished the game 2 for 4 with a sacrifice fly and three RBIs. Adon was 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

FINAL PUSH FROM THE TWINS

Elizabethton made it interesting until the final out.

The Twins got a two-run double from Gilberto Celestino in the bottom of the 10th to cut the Kingsport lead to 7-5.

They added another run when Celestino scored on a single from Chris Williams.

Williams then moved to second on a passed ball. One out later, Alex Robles drew a walk. Williams and Robles advanced to third and second on a groundout from Jared Akins.

Kingsport closer Nelson Leon then pitched to one batter and picked up the save when Elizabethton’s Ricky De La Torre flew out to left field.

The K-Mets’ Mitch Hickey (2-0) was the winning pitcher after throwing 1 2/3 innings. Hickey allowed three runs on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Elizabethton’s Kody Funderburk (2-2) took the loss. Working 4 1/3 innings, he gave up three runs on four hits, struck out two batters and issued one walk.

BIG BATS, SLOPPY GLOVES

Kingsport finished the night with 15 hits but had to overcome four key errors.

Elizabethton countered with seven hits and no errors.

THE OTHER SIDE

The East Division series also is going to a third game after Princeton topped Bluefield 7-3 on Saturday.

The deciding game of their series is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday in Princeton.

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