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Romero's walk-off HR gives K-Mets wild win over Reds

Tanner Cook • Jul 11, 2018 at 12:11 AM

KINGSPORT — It was a prototypical Appalachian League slugfest on Tuesday night at Hunter Wright Stadium, which saw the Kingsport Mets take a wild 13-12 win over the Greeneville Reds.

Yoel Romero hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the K-Mets the rousing victory.

In the action-packed affair, the major attraction was the battle of No. 1 overall and back-to-back 2018 Major League Baseball draft selections: Greeneville’s Jonathan India, taken with the No. 5 pick in the June draft, and Kingsport’s Jarred Kelenic, who went with the sixth pick.

However, Jonathan Willems stole the show for the Reds (6-13) by hitting for the cycle.

Continuing the night’s wild theme, Andrew Mitchell recorded both the win and the blown save for Kingsport (11-8).

Dobyns-Bennett product Aaron Quillen (0-2) gave up the homer by Romero, the only batter he faced, to take the loss.

HISTORY FOR KELENIC

Kelenic, playing center field in his K-Mets debut, collected his first hit with the team in the third inning when he clubbed a line-drive single into right field.

The hit also produced his first two RBIs and handed the K-Mets a 3-1 edge.

Kelenic also mashed a go- ahead, two-run home run to deep right field in the eighth for a 12-11 Kingsport lead.

He finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

HISTORY FOR GREENEVILLE

Willems, a second baseman, made history for Greeneville when he became the first player in the 15-year history of the team — either as the Astros or the Reds — to hit for the cycle.

Willems finished 4-for-5 with three RBIs. He capped the historic performance with a one-out double to shallow left field in the top of the eighth inning.

LUCKY SEVENS

The Reds got seven runs in the seventh inning to take a 11-10 lead going into the eighth. They did it with five hits, two walks and a wild pitch.

It was a typical Appalachian League night with 29 combined hits and the 25 total runs.

K-METS GRAB THE LEAD AGAIN

After taking a 3-1 lead but then falling behind 4-3, Kingsport put up a big home half of the fifth and sixth innings to seize an 8-4 advantage.

Luis Santana got a good pitch to hit and crushed it to left for a fifth-

inning home run that also scored Guillermo Granadillo.

Granadillo’s line-drive single in the sixth brought home Raul Beracierta and Kenny Hernandez. Shervyen Newton also got in on the action with a sacrifice fly that plated Romero.

REDS SURGE BACK

Over the fourth and fifth innings, the Reds stormed back thanks to big extra-base hits and a K-Mets mistake.

In the fourth, Miguel Hernandez doubled to center to drive in Reniel Ozuna from second base. Ozuna reached on a throwing error by Newton that sailed way over the first baseman’s head.

Willems walked to the plate in the fifth already with a home run under his belt. He came through with another big hit, a triple to left field that enabled India to score all the way from first and forge a tie.

Willems scored the final run of the rally on a wild pitch by Joel Huerta, and the Reds had a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.

UP NEXT

The K-Mets — who remained tied with Elizabethton for first place in the Appy League West Division — and the Reds continue their three-game series Wednesday with a special start time for the team’s Camp Day. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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