Kannapolis Wins Sixth Straight in Bizarre Seventh Inning

By Kannapolis Intimidators | May 14, 2019 10:59 PM

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Despite being outhit 10-to-5, the Intimidators extended their win-streak to six games with a seven-run seventh inning, taking game of the series with Lexington 8-4 at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health.

In the seventh, the Intimidators capitalized on six walks, three wild pitches, one hit and two errors. Kyle Hinton (L, 0-3) was credited for giving up four runs on four walks for Lexington, while recording just one out. Josh Dye (BS, 1) picked up right where Hinton left off, walking two and giving up three runs to give Kannapolis an 8-4 lead after seven innings.

In the third, Rubendy Jaquez led off the inning for Lexington with a swinging-bunt down the third base line. After a single and error that allowed Jaquez to move to third, Nathan Eaton grounded out to shortstop Lenyn Sosa, helping score the first run of the ball game.

One inning later, the Legends used back-to-back singled from Chase Vallot and Jackson Lueck to put runners at first and third for Jeison Guzman. On a 1-2 count, Guzman singled on a soft line drive to right fielder Alex Destino, bringing in two runs to increase the lead to three for Lexington.

After a clean inning in the fifth for Jonathan Stiever, Vallot homered (5) to right-center off the former Indiana Hoosier in the sixth, giving the Legends (17-20) a four-run advantage.

Stiever finished the night with just three strikeouts through 6.0 innings on the hill for Kannapolis, giving up four runs on nine hits on 94 pitches (61 strikes).

In the bottom of the sixth, Ian Dawkins extended his hit-streak to nine games with a double (13) down the left field line, moving up another 90 feet after an error from pitcher Heasley. Two batters later, Romy Gonzalez scored Dawkins with a groundout to second base, cutting the lead to three, 4-1.

After the big seventh inning, giving Kannapolis an 8-4 advantage, Wilber Perez (W, 1-1) struck out two in the eighth, as Lane Ramsey closed out the ninth with two groundouts and a punchout.

Kannapolis (18-18) will look to extend their win-streak to seven games with a 10:35 a.m. first pitch on Tuesday at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health. Kannapolis' Taylor Varnell will square off with Lexington's Kris Bubic on the bump in the early morning showdown.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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