Kinston, NC – An early lead was not enough for the K-Tribe Thursday night as the Indians faltered late and lost game three of the Mills Cup Championship Series 7-3. The K-Tribe will face must win games on Friday and Saturday.
Jesus Aguilar put the K-Tribe ahead with another home run. This time the blast was a two-run homer and stuck Kinston to an early 2-0 lead. The home run was Aguilar’s fourth of the post season and the fourth time he has hit one in as many games.
Fredrick took the lead off K-Tribe starting pitcher Mike Rayl in the top of the fifth inning. The Keys swatted four hits including two doubles and scored three times to take a one run lead. The big hit in the inning was a double by Manny Machado which put Fredrick on top 3-2.
Fredrick added single runs in the seventh innings and eighth innings when K-Tribe reliever Trey Haley was on the bump. Haley suffered through a wild night, hitting two Keys batters and throwing a wild pitch which also scored a run. The score heading into the ninth inning was 5-2 Fredrick.
In the ninth, Giovanni Soto took over and only survived two thirds of an inning. Fredrick hitters were all over Soto and scored two more times in the inning. The Keys managed three singles, which sparked the rally. Nick Sarianides took over to retire the final out.
Kinston added a run in the bottom of the ninth when Roberto Perez singled home Casey Frawley who doubled to lead off the inning. Kinston grounded into a double play to end the ball game. Final Score Fredrick 7, Kinston 3.
The winning pitcher was Scott Copeland who improves to (2-0). Mike Rayl was saddled with the loss and saw his record fall to (1-1). Sean Gleason earned his third save of the post season.
Historic Grainger Stadium will host games four and if needed game five of the Mills Cup Championship Series Friday and Saturday at 6:30pm. Purchase your tickets by calling the Indians front office at 252-527-9111 or visiting www.kinstonindians.com.