Down East's Offense Shines in Victory over Hillcats
KINSTON, NC -Brett Martin's longest start of the season propelled the Wood Ducks (31-31, 55-76) over the Hillcats (80-51, 40-22) by a 6-2 final on Saturday night. Matt Lipka also matched a career-high with four hits on the night - including a two-run home run.
KINSTON, NC -
Down East's offense started hot, with each of the first three batters reaching with hits capped off on
Martin awarded the offense by retiring the first seven batters of the game. After a triple and a run scored in the third, he retired another eight in a row before the next baserunner reached. In the sixth, the Hillcats tied the game on a
The game would not remain tied for long as two unearned runs scored in the bottom of the sixth, plating
Martin returned for the seventh - marking a season-high in innings this season. Despite a leadoff single to
After the southpaw exited,
Adding to the win, Buies Creek lost to Winston-Salem to allow the Woodies to gain a game on the Astros with eight games to go. Now Down East is 3.5 games back, which is the largest deficit the Woodies can have before the final four games of the season at Buies Creek.
Game three of the series comes on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. for fan appreciation day at Grainger Stadium. Right-handers
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