Hillcats blank Wood Ducks, 5-0

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KINSTON, N.C. (DEWDS) – The Down East Wood Ducks were held to just two hits, both infield singles, as they suffered their first shutout loss of the season, falling 5-0 to the Hillcats on Friday at Grainger Stadium.

A.J Alexy (loss, 0-2) started for the Woodies (5-3) and pitched well, but Jodd Carter blasted a leadoff home run in the third inning to give the Hillcats (7-2) all the offense they would need. Lynchburg added another run in the fourth when Nolan Jones began the frame with a single, stole second, and came into score on a Jonathan Laureano double to left to make it 2-0.

Alexy worked 4.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, he walked one and struck out five, but suffers the tough-luck loss.

Meanwhile, Lynchburg starter Eli Morgan (win, 2-0) was fantastic. He faced just two over the minimum through five shutout innings, allowing just two infield singles and a walk, while striking out nine. The Wood Ducks did not record a hit in the ballgame after the second inning.

Lynchburg added on in the seventh inning when Tyler Friis blooped in two runs with a single to right. Friis then added on another in the ninth, with a fielder’s choice groundout, with the bases full, to make it 5-0.

Out of the bullpen, Sal Mendez gave up a pair of runs in a season-high 3.2 innings of work, while Demarcus Evans surrendered the final run while striking out a pair in the ninth.

The teams are back in action tomorrow night at 6 p.m. for the third game of the four game set. Lefty Juan Hillman takes the mound for Lynchburg, while the Woodies have yet to name their starter for the ballgame. The first 1,000 fans though the gates at Grainger Stadium will receive a throwback Kinston Indians jersey, presented by Pepsi. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the broadcast hits the air at 5:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull and online at 960thebull.com as well as on the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio Apps. For tickets and more information visit woodducksbaseball.com or call (252) 686-5172.