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Kingsport forces deciding game with Elizabethton

Kevin Mays • Sep 1, 2018 at 10:55 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Appalachian League West Division championship series is headed to the third and deciding the game.

It took a while for game two of the series to be decided with Kingsport and Elizabethton going 10 innings and playing for over 3 1/2 hours before the Mets escaped O’Brien Field on Saturday night with a 7-6 extra-inning win.

Game three of the series is set for Sunday at Elizabethton’s O’Brien Field at 6 p.m.

FIGHT TO THE FINISH

Kingsport scored three runs in the first inning and did not score again until the 10th.

The Twins pushed the game into extra innings by scoring a run in the second, fourth and seventh innings.

In the top of the 10th, the K-Mets’ big bats came to life. Mark Vientos delivered a one-out, two-RBI double to score Ronny Mauricio and Jarred Kelenic. And Ranfy Adon delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to put Kingsport up 7-3.

Vientos finished the game going 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and three RBIs, while Adon was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

FINAL PUSH FROM THE TWINS

Elizabethton made it interesting until the final out.

The Twins got a two-run double from Gilberto Celestino in the bottom of the 10th to cut the Kingsport lead to 7-5.

Elizabethton then added another run when Celestino scored on a single from Chris Williams.

Williams moved to second on a passed ball. One out later, Alex Robles drew a walk.

Williams and Robles advanced to third and second on a ground-out from Jared Akins.

Kingsport closer Nelson Leon then pitched to one batter and picked up the save when Elizabethton’s Ricky De La Torre flew out to left field.

The K-Mets’ Mitch Hickey (2-0) picked up the win after pitching 1 2/3 innings. Hickey allowed three runs on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Elizabethton’s Kody Funderburk (2-2) took the loss on the mound. Working 4 1/3 innings, he gave up three runs on four hits, struck out two batters and issued one walk.

BIG BATS, SLOPPY GLOVES

Kingsport finished the night with 15 hits, but had to overcome four key errors to win the contest.

Elizabethton countered with seven hits and no errors in the loss.

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