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Cards pile up hits, runs in beating Kingsport

Kevin Mays • Updated Jun 30, 2018 at 11:19 PM

KINGSPORT—The Johnson City Cardinals set season-best marks Saturday night in a 12-6 Appalachian League baseball win over the Kingsport Mets at Hunter Wright Stadium.

BIG BATS

Cardinals first-round pick Nolan Gorman produced his own highlight reel in the win. The 19th overall pick in last month’s MLB draft had two home runs in the contest — a two-run shot in the first inning and another two-run blast in the seventh to help the Cards (5-5) prevail.

“The biggest thing about this team right now is that we don’t give up,” said Gorman, who was drafted out of Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix. “We’re in there no matter what the count is and to be able to do that, it’s going to lead to success.”

Gorman’s two home runs were part of a season-high five homers Johnson City had in the game against the West Division leading K-Mets (7-3).

The Cardinals also got a season-high 15 hits in the game, including three each from Jonatan Machado, Kevin Woodall and Carlos Soto.

The trio also added home runs to complement Gorman’s two homers. Machado had a three-run shot in the fifth inning, Woodall had a solo blast in the fifth and Soto smacked a solo homer in the fourth.

Adding to the Cardinals’ offensive attack, Michael Perri went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI, while Moises Castillo finished 2-for-5 and scored two runs.

HIGH-SCORING SERIES

The contest was just like the first two games in the three-game series, with lots of runs being scored.

The Cardinals and the K-Mets combined to score 41 runs in the series.

“That team can really hit,” Gorman said of the K-Mets. “And we’ve matched them the last two days. And we came out on top in the last two games and took the series. That’s a good sign.”

K-METS HIT HARD

Kingsport’s offense was not exactly dormant in the contest, but the K-Mets could not match the run production of the Cardinals.

Luis Santana went 2-for-3 for Kingsport, ripping a solo home run in the first.

Anthony Dirocie kept his bat hot by going 2-for-4 with a two-run triple.

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