Romero's Walk-Off Ends Thriller

By Zeke Newton | Photo Credit: Allen Greene / Kingsport Mets | July 10, 2018 10:36 PM

Some games are more eventful than others, but you would be hard pressed to find a game with more oddities and action than the one between Greeneville and Kingsport on Tuesday night at Hunter Wright Stadium.


All of the intrigue coming in were on Jonathan India and Jarred Kelenic, the number five and six picks of the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft who were about to face off for the first time.


However, K-Met third baseman Yoel Romero stole the show with a walk-off homer to send the Mets to a much needed 13-12 victory.


While Romero closed the curtain, Tuesday's game had it all.


The teams combined for seven lead changes, five ties, 25 runs and 29 hits, 11 of which were the extra base variety.


The Mets offense hit the entire night scored in seven of the nine innings. Luis Santana went 3-5 with 3 RBIs, including a monster two-run home run. Guillermo Granadillo also totaled three hits and scored three runs.


By the seventh, Kingsport had opened up a seemingly comfortable 8-4 advantage, but the Reds would not go quietly.


The Reds pounced for seven runs in the seventh to take an 11-8 advantage, but the Mets too wouldn't fold.


Kingsport scored a pair in the seventh on RBI-singles by Gavin Garay and Romero to cut the deficit to just one.


In the eighth, it was the newest K-Met Jarred Kelenic, who hit a booming two-run homer to right to give Kingsport the 12-11 advantage. Kelenic finished 2-4 with four RBIs in his Kingsport debut.

The Reds tied the game in the ninth on a two-out infield hit by Mike Siani, and when Romero's throw got by Kenny Hernandez, Greeneville pinch runner Satchel McElroy came in to even the game at 12.


But Romero would more than make up for it, by ending the game with a walkoff homer to lead off the ninth, sending Hunter Wright Stadium into a frenzy.


The win helps Kingsport keep pace with Elizabethton, who also won Tuesday night. Both teams are tied for first place in the Appalachian League West.


The Reds were led offensively by second baseman Jonathan Willems, who had a pretty effective evening.


Willems finished the game 4-5, hitting for the cycle, and drove in three runs. The cycle is the first cycle in Greeneville Reds history.


Jonathan India went 0-3 in his first game at Hunter Wright Stadium, but did walk three times and score a pair of runs.


Game Two in the series is at 11 AM on Wednesday. It's our annual Camp Day at the ballpark, where the Mets will welcome local campers and counselors to the park.


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

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