KINGSPORT — Kingsport finished up a three-game sweep of Bluefield with an 8-5 win at Hunter Wright Stadium on Friday night that closed out the Appalachian League regular season.
Five different batters recorded two hits apiece for Kingsport. Mets first round draft pick Dominic Smith made his first start memorable by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, and catcher Jonathan Leroux accounted for three runs with his fifth and sixth homers of the season.
A three-run seventh inning — highlighted by Joe Tuschak’s two-run double — broke a 5-5 tie and gave Kingsport the victory.
Smith was the 11th overall pick in June’s draft, and hit .287 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 48 games for the GCL Mets.
The K-Mets enter unfamiliar territory on Saturday when they begin play in the postseason for the first time since 1996. The West Division champions visit Greeneville in the opener of a best-of-three series to determine the division’s representative in the league championship series. The remainder of the division series will be played at Hunter Wright with Game 2 on Sunday and a third game Monday if necessary.
First pitch for all games is 7 p.m.