Kinston’s Jerad Head hit a game tying home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, but Frederick came back with a walk-off RBI single by Jonathan Tucker to win 8-7. Down 6-1 going into the top of the sixth inning, Kinston’s bomb squad helped to even the score. Max Ramirez hit a solo home run in the sixth, followed by a Mike Butia two-run bomb in the seventh inning. After Frederick scored another run in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 7-4, Kinston came back again with a two-run homer by Wes Hodges in the top of the eighth inning. After Jerad Head’s heroics in the top of the ninth, Frederick came back with a lead off single by Gera Alvarez in the bottom of the inning. Alvarez was forced out at second base on a great play by Kinston pitcher Jim Deters, fielding a Travis Brown bunt and flinging it to second for the out. The Keys Kennard Jones kept the inning going one batter later, with a single that advanced Brown to third. Jones was 3-for-4 with a home run. Tucker came up next to finish off the K-Tribe with the walk-off hit.
Deters (6-3) took the loss, giving up four hits and an earned run in two innings. Dan Cevette pitched two and one-third innings of relief, giving up three hits and an earned run. Steve Wright made his Carolina League debut for Kinston, giving up five hits and five earned runs in four innings. Manny Basilio (2-8) blew the save, but picked up the win for Frederick.
Kinston (4-3, 49-27) heads to Winston-Salem for a three game series starting Saturday at 7pm. The K-Tribe will send Frank Herrmann to the mound.