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Kingsport doubles up Princeton in opening game of Appy League series

From staff reports • Jul 18, 2018 at 11:52 PM

PRINCETON, W. Va. — Four singles, three wild pitches, two walks and an error contributed to a four-run third inning for Kingsport on Wednesday night.

That inning laid the foundation for the Mets’ 8-4 Appalachian League baseball victory over Princeton.

Guillermo Granadillo, Gavin Garay and Mark Vientos delivered RBI hits in the top of the third, doing their part to wipe away a 1-0 Rays advantage.

It was a 4-2 game in the fifth, then Garay and Mark Vientos ripped back-to-back home runs to hand the Mets a four-run cushion.

Vientos (2-for-4, 2 RBIs), Garay (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Granadillo (2-for-5) accounted for multiple hits as Kingsport totaled nine as a team.

Jose Butto (2-0) turned in a five-inning start, yielding three runs on eight hits and three walks. He totaled five strikeouts.

Ivan Jean allowed a run over two innings for the Mets before Christian Tripp and Andrew Mitchell each tossed a scoreless frame.

Princeton amassed 13 hits, with Jordan Qsar (triple, 2 runs), Connor Hollis (double, 2 runs) and Osmy Gregorio contributing three apiece. Roberto Alvarez added two.

The first of three Rays pitchers, Miguel Lara (1-3) was touched for four runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Kingsport and Princeton resume their three-game series Thursday night at 7.