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K-Mets bounce back with road win over Reds

Tanner Cook • Jun 26, 2018 at 12:33 AM

GREENEVILLE — One day after their first loss of the Appalachian League season, the Kingsport Mets returned to the win column with a 9-6 road victory over the Greeneville Reds at Pioneer Park on Monday night.

The game started 1 hour, 5 minutes late because of the rainy weather.

Anthony Dirocie went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, L.A. Woodard was 3-for-5 and had four RBIs and Raul Beracierta scored four times for the K-Mets (6-1). Kingsport banged out 13 hits and drew 10 walks on the night.

Joshua Walker picked up the win on the mound with three innings of work in front of his father, who made the nine-hour-plus drive from New York to watch his son pitch.

METS FIGHT BACK

The K-Mets, who trailed 5-4 after the fifth inning, pushed across three runs to take the lead. They put five straight batters on base against Greeneville relief pitcher Johnnie Schneider.

Dirocie got the party started with a double down the left field line. He went to third on a balk call and Beracierta followed with a run-scoring season.

Woodard got his third double of the season and drove in two more runs to give the K-Mets a lead they didn’t relinquish.

SHUT IT DOWN

A duo of K-Mets pitchers shut down the potent Reds offense over the final five innings.

Walker and Andrew Mitchell allowed only three hits, combined for a trio of strikeouts and gave up just one walk.

OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

Shervyen Newton continued his blazing start to the season by getting a base hit to left field to get a quick scoring threat for the K-Mets.

Newton later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kenny Hernandez.

The Reds (3-4) got out of the inning without any further damage when Kingsport’s Luis Santana tried to advance to third but was thrown out on a laser from first baseman Rylan Thomas to Jonathan Willems.

HISTORY FOR GREENEVILLE

Willems, batting with one on in the bottom of the third, hit the first Greeneville Reds home run at Pioneer Park. The blast also gave the Reds a 3-2 lead.

The Reds chased K-Mets starter Liam McCall after 2 2/3 innings. He gave up just three hits walked four and allowed three runs, all earned.

Greeneville tacked on another run and led 4-2 after three innings.

TO THE TOP

The K-Mets lead the West Division by a half-game over the Elizabethton Twins, whose game against the Johnson City Cardinals was rained out Monday.

UP NEXT

The Reds and K-Mets conclude their two-game set tonight at Pioneer Park with the first pitch slated for 7 p.m.

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