KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — A nine-run fifth inning lifted the Down East Wood Ducks to a 10-4 win over the Fayetteville Woodpeckers on Tuesday at Grainger Stadium.
Those nine runs turned a 1-1 tie into a convincing lead for the Wood Ducks (62-59). Fayetteville narrowed that lead to 10-4 on Zach Cole Jr.’s bases-clearing, three-RBI double in the sixth, but that’s as close as the Woodpeckers (49-71) would get to a comeback.
Liam Hicks kicked off Down East’s fifth-inning surge with a sacrifice fly that scored JoJo Blackmon. Yosy Galan then launched a two-run homer, Ian Moller drew a bases-loaded walk, and Blackmon continued the rally with a three-RBI triple. Blackmon would then score his second run of the inning on a wild pitch. Liam Hicks made it 10-1 with an RBI single.
Galan led Down East with three RBIs. He also had one of the Wood Ducks’ six stolen bases.
Cole had three RBIs for Fayetteville.