Royals dodge Appy League sweep by K-Mets

Kevin Mays • Aug 4, 2019 at 10:49 PM

KINGSPORT — The third hit of the day by Maikel Garcia was the biggest one for the Burlington shortstop.

Garcia delivered a one-out, two-RBI single in the top of the seventh inning to lift the Royals to a 4-2 Appalachian League win over the Kingsport Mets on Sunday at Hunter Wright Stadium.

Garcia had three of the 10 hits by Burlington (25-20), finishing 3-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt. He totaled three RBIs.

View Dakota Hamilton’s photos from Sunday’s game

Kingsport (20-24) was denied a sweep in the three-game series.


Kingsport racked up seven hits but could push across only a couple of runs in the bottom of the third.

Burlington’s Mikey Filia singled to lead off the top of the second inning and scored on Garcia’s two-out single to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.

Then in the third, Kingsport’s Brett Baty reached first courtesy of a walk. Francisco Alvarez followed with a single but was thrown out at second on Jaylen Palmer’s grounder to shortstop. However, Andres Regnault came through with a two-out double to left that scored Baty and Palmer and put Kingsport up 2-1.

That lead held until the top of the sixth.

Garcia doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a groundout from Michael Massey. Jake Means’ sacrifice fly to right plated Garcia and forged a 2-2 tie, and Garcia came up with the winner in the seventh.


Burlington’s Vinnie Pasquantino, a former Old Dominion infielder, went 3-for-3 with a walk and a hit by pitch.

Alvarez finished 2-for-4 as the only Kingsport player with multiple hits.


Noah Murdock, Drew Parrish and Jonah Dipoto kept Kingsport’s batters guessing all game.

The Burlington trio combined to give up two runs, scatter seven hits, strike out 12 and walk two.

Parrish (3-0) picked up the win. He allowed just two hits, didn’t give up a run and fanned five with a walk during the middle three innings.

Dipoto earned his first save of the season after working the final three innings.

Kingsport pitched by committee, using six hurlers. Ramon Guzman (1-2) took the loss after throwing 1 1/3 innings and giving up three runs on three hits with one strikeout and three walks.


Kingsport continues its homestretch Monday against West Division rival Elizabethton in the first of a three-game set at Hunter Wright Stadium.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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