The K-Tribe beat Salem 5-3 Wednesday afternoon, winning their first series of the young season. Kinston’s bats were awake for the 11 am start, as the Indians scored all five of their runs in the first inning. The frame started with a double from Adam Davis. One batter later Johnny Drennen drove him home with an RBI single. With one out later in the inning, a potential double play ball was mishandled by Salem first baseman Jhon Florentino, keeping the inning alive for the K-Tribe. Todd Martin then drove in Drennen with an RBI single. Niuman Romero drove in a run with a bases loaded walk one batter later. With two outs in the inning, Alex Castillo hit a bases loaded two RBI double to put Kinston up 5-0.
Kinston’s pitching did the rest as starter Hector Rondon gave up just three hits through four innings of work. Josh Tomlin (3-1) picked up the win, giving up one hit through two innings. Luis Perdomo picked up his second save of the season, giving up one hit in the ninth inning.
Kinston took two of three from Southern Division leading Salem, giving the K-Tribe their first series win of the season. The K-Tribe (5-11) is only four games out of first place in the Carolina League Southern Division. The K-Tribe continues the eleven game homestand with a four game series against Lynchburg starting Thursday night. First pitch 7 pm at Historic Grainger Stadium.