KINGSPORT — Friday nights at Hunter Wright Stadium are designated as “Fun Friday” throughout the season.
Last night the Kingsport Mets created their own “Fun Friday” while rolling by the Bristol White Sox, 11-4.
In a barrage that included 16 hits, everyone in the lineup recorded a base knock and seven players drove in at least one RBI.
It was the most hits this season for Kingsport since a 19-hit output against Johnson City in June.
“The pitching got some support early unlike Thursday when we pitched a good game and scored only two runs,” said Kingsport Mets manager Jose Leger. “The guys came out on a mission and got some quality at-bats.”
Catcher Jeyckol De Leon recorded several of those “quality at-bats.” The catcher went 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
Four other players recorded two hits including Michael Bernal, who also finished with three RBIs.
One of Bernal’s hits was a solo home run in the sixth inning, his fourth of the season.
The second inning told the tale of the contest. The K-Mets sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs.
K-Mets starter Brandon Welch collected the win in his first start in a Kingsport uniform after being called up from the Gulf Coast League.
Despite giving up four runs in the first three innings, he pitched six complete, allowing six hits.
Another familiar face was added to the lineup Thursday evening. Eris Peguero spent time in Kingsport last season before moving up to Class A Brooklyn.
In his second game back with the K-Mets, Peguero had two hits with a double and triple.
“He was here last season and wasn’t getting much time with Brooklyn. We’ve had several injuries so it is a chance for him to play, and even though he hasn’t played much, I like his approach,” added Leger.
Bristol’s Nolan Earley extended hit streak to seventeen games with a single in his first at bat. He finished the evening with three hits.
The win puts the K-Mets one step closer to taking over first place in the Appalachian League Western Division.
Coupled with the Greeneville Astros 13-1 loss to Pulaski Friday evening, Kingsport now stands 1 1/2 games back from the top spot.
The series with Bristol continues tonight with a first pitch set for 6 p.m.