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K-Mets top Twins in walkoff fashion

Kevin Mays • Aug 6, 2019 at 10:29 PM

KINGSPORT – In a game that featured 26 hits, Kingsport’s Anthony Dirocie’s proved to be the most important Tuesday.

Dirocie’s walk-off single scored Cole Kleszcz from third base in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the K-Mets a 9-8 Appalachian League win over Elizabethton at Hunter Wright Stadium.

Kingsport (22-24) moved within one of game of Elizabethton (23-23) for second place in the Appy League West Division standings.

The two teams will meet for the third and final game of the series Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

LOTS OF OFFENSE

Tuesday’s game was all about offense.

Kingsport finished with nine runs on 14 hits, while the Twins racked up eight runs on 12 hits.

Seven different players had a hit for Kingsport, with five K-Mets have multiple hits in the contest.

Kleszcz finished 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs for Kingsport, while Wilfred Astudillo was 3-for-5.

Dirocie added another hit and two more RBIs besides his game-winner in the ninth.

Gregory Guerrero went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Sebastian Espino finished 2-for-5 for the K-Mets.

The hitting barrage was just as strong for Elizabethton, which had eight hitters finish with at least one hit.

Anthony Prato went 3-for-5 for the Twins, while Kyle Schmidt and Parker Phillips each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

BIG INNINGS

Both teams racked up plenty of runs.

The Twins got on the scoreboard early with a four-run, four-hit third inning.

Elizabethton also got help with a walk and a Kingsport error in the frame to build a 4-0 lead.

The K-Mets erased the Elizabethton lead in the bottom of the fourth by exploding for seven runs.

Kingsport scored seven runs on four hits with two walks and an error in the inning to take a 7-4 advantage.

BATTLING BACK

Elizabethton added one run in the fifth inning and another in the sixth inning to cut the K-Met lead to one run before scoring two more in the seventh.

Will Holland delivered the go-ahead shot for the Twins with a two-RBI double to score Phillips and Seth Gray.

The 8-7 lead held until the bottom of the ninth when Astudillo delivered a one-out single.

Kleszcz followed with a double to score Tanner Murphy, who was running for Astudillo.

A single from Espino moved Kleszcz.

One out later, Dirocie bounced the ball up the middle and beat out the throw at first, while Kleszcz crossed the plate with the winning run.

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