Following Tuesday’s off day, the K-Mets opened up a series at Hunter Wright Stadium on Wednesday with an 11-1 Appalachian League win over the Princeton Rays.
Kingsport’s win was just the third in the last 12 outings for the K-Mets (9-12).
For the first time in about a dozen games, Kingsport looked solid in all aspects of the game.
The K-Mets pounded out 12 hits, including two home runs.
Kingsport also played solid defense with no errors, while executing three double plays in the game.
The K-Mets also got solid pitching, led by starter Michel Otanez (2-1), who picked up the win after giving up just one run on two hits and four strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings of work.
Four other pitchers worked the final three and one-third innings, holding Princeton scoreless on two hits down the stretch.
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Princeton (10-11) jumped ahead early when Brett Wisely led off the contest with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and went to third when Jelfre Marte grounded out to third base. Nick Schnell then delivered an RBI single to score Wisely.
The lead did not last long for the Rays.
The K-Mets went ahead for good in the second inning, thanks in part to a two-run home run from Andres Regnault.
Francisco Alvarez also scored in the frame after doubling and then taking the next two bases on wild pitches from Princeton starter Christian Fernandez.
Fernandez (0-1) lasted three and one-third innings on the mound for Princeton. He gave up four runs on five hits with a strikeout and two walks.
Kingsport piled on two more runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth.
Scott Ota highlighted the sixth inning for the K-Mets with a two-run homer.
TOP DRAFT PICK GETS A HIT
Eight different Kingsport batters got a hit in the contest, including the Mets’ 2019 No. 1 draft pick, Brett Baty.
Baty, a 19-year-old who was drafted out of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, smacked a single up the middle in the bottom of the third inning to end his hitless streak at Kingsport.
Baty entered the game hitting 0-for-14 for the K-Mets.
He went 1-for-3 with a couple of walks Wednesday.
BY THE NUMBERS
Regnault led the big night of hitting for Kingsport. He finished 3-for-5 with a home run, a single and double and three RBIs.
Francisco Alvarez finished 2-for-3 with an RBI for Kingsport, while Cole Kleszcz finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Kingsport and Princeton are scheduled to play game two of the three-game series Thursday at Hunter Wright Stadium.
The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
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