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Acuña Powers Wood Ducks to Win Over Charleston

Down East walks off Charleston
September 15, 2021

Kinston, N.C. – Needing extra innings, the Down East Wood Ducks walked off the Charleston RiverDogs 7-5 Tuesday night in ten innings. Luisangel Acuña blasted a grand slam (11) to give Down East the walk off win and earn him the Suddenlink Player of the Game. Charleston (80-35) took the

Kinston, N.C. – Needing extra innings, the Down East Wood Ducks walked off the Charleston RiverDogs 7-5 Tuesday night in ten innings. *Luisangel Acuña *blasted a grand slam (11) to give Down East the walk off win and earn him the Suddenlink Player of the Game.

Charleston (80-35) took the early lead with a run in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead.

Down East (69-46) answered in the bottom of the second. *Cristian Inoa *blasted a solo home run (10) to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The Wood Ducks tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. *Aaron Zavala *led off with a walk and advanced to second on a single by Acuña. Inoa sacrificed Zavala and Acuña to second and third. With runners on second and third, *Cody Freeman *grounded out but Zavala scored the tying run, to make the score 2-2.

Both teams needed extra innings, Charleston woke their bats up, plating three runs to take a 5-2 lead in the tenth.

Down East found late magic in the bottom of the tenth. With *Keyber Rodriguez *starting the inning at second, *Angel Aponte *singled with one out and drove in Rodriguez to make the score 5-3. *Jayce Easley *walked to put runners on first and second and Zavala singled to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Acuña blasted a grand slam (11) to give the Woodies the 7-5 walkoff win.

Gavin Collyer *took the no-decision, pitching six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. *Destin Dotson *pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one walk and striking out two. *Eudrys Mañon pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out five. *Connor Sechler *(4-2) earned the win, pitching one inning while allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits.

The series continues tomorrow with RHP *Josh Stephan *(0-0, 5.63) taking the hill for Down East and Charleston handing the ball to RHP Seth Johnson (5-6, 2.94).

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