Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 16, 2009

Big-time bats

P-Rays outscore Kingsport

PRINCETON — All of a sudden, the Princeton Rays are scoring an abundance of runs. They needed all of them on this night.

Ryan Wiegand and Kyle Spraker each hit home runs, and the Rays reached double digits in runs for the second straight game in a 12-9 Appalachian League win over the Kingsport Mets on Thursday night at Hunnicutt Field.

Princeton (12-10), which defeated the Mets 10-4 on Wednesday, will try for the sweep tonight at 7 p.m. The Rays, now in second place in the East Division, have won three straight, and four of their last five games.

The Mets (7-16) assisted in Princeton’s assault, committing two of its four errors in the second inning when the Rays scored eight runs. The Rays added two more in the fourth, with one of those runners also reaching on a Kingsport error for an 8-3 lead.

Kingsport rallied for four in the sixth, and scored nine runs of their own against the league’s top pitching staff, but Kirby Yates retired the side in the ninth to end the game.

Princeton General Manager Jim Holland gave the grounds crew credit for the game even being played after the field had been flooded earlier in the day when heavy rains struck the area.

The game started on time, and Kingsport (7-16) promptly took a 2-0 lead in the first when Darrell Ceciliani reached on a one-out error and Tyler Vaughn clubbed a Wilking Rodriguez pitch for an opposite field home run over the right field fence.

Kingsport’s fielding woes started with one out in the second when Julio Cedeno struck out, but catcher Taylor Freeman dropped the third strike and Cedeno reached first. Jason Patton drove him in with a double, and the Rays kept swinging, sending 11 men to the plate, scoring eight runs on four hits and two Mets errors.

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