Down East bats struggle in loss to Kannapolis

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KINSTON, N.C. – After falling behind early, the Down East Wood Ducks couldn’t overcome the early deficit and fell to the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, 5-1 Tuesday night.

The Wood Ducks struggled with runners in scoring position, going one-for-five. Jayce Easley went two-for-two with two stolen bases, earning the Suddenlink Player of the Game.

Kannapolis (31-72) jumped ahead plating a run in the first and second innings against Down East starter Gavin Collyer (L, 2-1) to take a 2-0 lead.

Down East (60-43) plated their first run in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Jayce Easley walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Daniel Mateo followed with a single to left field and Easley scored to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The Cannon Ballers plated three runs in the top of the eighth and that is where the scoring ended, as they increased their lead to 5-1.

Collyer (2-1) took the loss, pitching five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Destin Dotson contributed 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Mason Cole pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits with one walk.

The series continues Wednesday with first pitch set for 7 p.m. Down East has not announced a starter, while Kannapolis will turn to LHP Brooks Gosswein (0-0, 0.00)

Fans can purchase tickets on woodducksbaseball.com, by calling the Wood Ducks Team Offices at (252) 686-5164 or in the Wood Ducks Team Offices located at Grainger Stadium (Mon-Fri – 9 am – 4 pm). Make sure to follow your Down East Wood Ducks on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so you don’t miss anything!

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