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Dirocie boosts K-Mets to walk-off win over Twins

Kevin Mays • Aug 7, 2019 at 12:46 AM

KINGSPORT — In an Appalachian League game that featured 26 hits, Anthony Dirocie’s proved to be the most important Tuesday.

Dirocie delivered a walk-off single that scored Cole Kleszcz from third base and lifted the Kingsport Mets to a 9-8 win over the Elizabethton Twins at Hunter Wright Stadium.

Kingsport (22-24) moved within one game of Elizabethton (23-23) for second place in the West Division standings.

View Dakota Hamilton’s photos from the game

The teams will meet in the third and final game of the series on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

LOTS OF OFFENSE

Tuesday’s game was all about offense.

Kingsport’s runs came on 14 hits, the Twins’ on 12. Seven K-Mets players had a hit and five had multiple base knocks.

Kleszcz finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Wilfred Astudillo went 3-for-5 to lead Kingsport. In addition to his ninth-inning game-winner, Dirocie added another hit and two more RBIs, while Gregory Guerrero went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Sebastian Espino was 2-for-5.

Andres Regnault hit a two-run homer in the fourth for Kingsport.

The hitting barrage was just as impressive for Elizabethton, which had eight hitters with at least one hit.

Anthony Prato went 3-for-5, and Kyle Schmidt and Parker Phillips each went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

BIG INNINGS

The Twins got on the scoreboard early with a four-hit, four-run third inning that was helped along by a walk and an error.

The K-Mets erased the Twins’ lead in the bottom of the fourth by exploding for seven runs.

They scored their runs on four hits, two walks and an error to build a 7-4 advantage.

BATTLING BACK

Elizabethton added a run in the fifth inning and another in the sixth to pull within a run, then pushed across two more in the seventh.

Will Holland delivered the go-ahead shot for the Twins, a two-RBI double that scored Phillips and Seth Gray.

Their 8-7 lead held until the bottom of the ninth.

Astudillo delivered a one-out single and Kleszcz followed with a double to score Tanner Murphy, who was running for Astudillo.

Espino’s single moved over Kleszcz and one out later, Dirocie bounced the ball up the middle and beat out the throw at first as Kleszcz crossed the plate with the winning run.

ON THE MOUND

Connor Wollersheim (1-0) picked up the win. The eighth-round draft pick out of Kent State threw one inning and allowed no hits and no runs and walked one.

Benjamin Dum (1-1) took the hard-luck loss. Dum pitched the bottom half of the ninth and gave up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

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