The K-Tribe split a double header with Winston-Salem as Kinston dropped game one 4-3 and rebounded with a 5-1 win in game two. Jim Deters (2-1) gave the K-Tribe the boost they needed in game two, picking up his second win of the season. Making a spot start, Deters went five innings, giving up four hits and no earned runs. Deters did not walk a batter and struck out three. Deters got all of the run support he needed when Nick Weglarz hit a bases loaded single with two-outs in the top of the second. Alex Castillo and John Drennen scored for the K-Tribe. Kinston added three more runs in the top of the sixth, with RBI hits from Drennen and Mills. Mills and Drennen each had two hits in game two for Kinston, Niuman Romero went 3-for-3.
Winston-Salem walked off with game one of Saturday’s double header, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 win over Kinston. The K-Tribe bolted out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, started off by a one-out single from Carlos Rivero. Adam Davis followed with a walk. Niuman Romero drove Rivero home with an RBI single one batter later. With runners on second and third and two outs, Brian Juhl delivered a roller down the first base line that Winston-Salem pitcher Aaron Poreda threw wide of first. The play was ruled an error and both Davis and Romero scored to give Kinston a 3-0 lead. The lead stuck until Winston-Salem scored one in the fifth and one in the sixth to make the score 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, C.J. Retherford led off with a single. Anderson Gomes put down a sacrifice bunt, getting Retherford to second base. Retherford scored to tie the game on an RBI single by Billy Killian. After a walk, Paulo Orlando drove in the winning run with a single to left. Neil Wagner (1-3) took the loss for Kinston, giving up four hits and three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. Josh Tomlin put in a strong start for Kinston, giving up just three hits and one earned run through five innings.
Niuman Romero had a huge day for Kinston, going a combined 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in the double header. Romero came into the double dip with a .208 batting average, it now stands at .259. Kinston ends the series on Sunday with a 2pm afternoon game. Steven Wright will take the mound for Kinston.