K-Tribe Wins Thriller, Improves Attendance

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Kinston -Tribe first baseman Beau Mills scored the winning run in the bottom of the eleventh inning on a walk-off, wild pitch as Kinston beat Frederick 4-3 on Saturday night. The win snapped a four game losing streak for the K-Tribe and kept Kinston two games ahead of Salem in the Carolina League Southern Division.

In the bottom of the eleventh inning, Mills drew a lead off walk. After Armando Camacaro’s sacrifice bunt got Mills to second, Jerad Head was intentionally walked. Brian Finegan then flied out to left field, recording the second out of the inning. Chris Gimenez came up to the plate, but two wild pitches from Frederick reliever Chadd Blasko brought Mills to third base and then home with the winning run. Mistakes were the theme of the evening for Frederick as Kinston’s first two runs of the game were scored after a costly error in the bottom of the third. With Jerad Head on and two-outs in the inning, a Josh Rodriguez infield pop fly was dropped by Frederick’s Pete Maestrales. Johnny Drennen came up next and hit a single, scoring both Rodriguez and Head. Kinston tied the game at three in the bottom of the eighth inning when Wes Hodges drove home Jose Constanza on a RBI ground out with the bases loaded. Chris Niesel (4-1) picked up the win for Kinston, throwing a perfect top of the eleventh inning. T.J. Burton and Scott Roehl combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings from the bullpen.

2,306 fans saw the exciting game Saturday night at Grainger Stadium, pushing this year’s total attendance to 112,479. The mark eclipses last year’s total attendance of 112,253 fans. This year’s attendance of 112,479 is the most fans to visit Grainger Stadium in a season since 2001. It is the second highest fan total this decade. Kinston will try to add to it tomorrow as the K-Tribe plays game three of the four game series Sunday at 2pm. Jim Deters (10-4, 2.26) will be on the mound against Frederick’s Brad Bergesen.