KINGSPORT, Tenn. —
The Bluefield Blue Jays lost its long hold on first place in the Appalachian League’s East Division after a 9-1 loss at Kingsport on Thursday night.
Bluefield dropped a half game behind Pulaski with a game to go after the Mariners defeated Elizabethton 4-2.
Pulaski can clinch the East Division tonight with a win. Bluefield must win and get a Pulaski loss to do the same.
Champ Stuart played like his name for the Mets, collecting three hits, including a home run, and scored three runs to lead the Mets, which had four two-run innings. Michael Bernal added two hits and drove in two runs for Kingsport, while Dominic Smith came off the bench to add a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
Bluefield had just three hits, two by Matt Dean, including a solo home run in the fourth.
Tazewell native Zak Wasilewski was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, four hits and four walks in 2 2/13 innings for the Bluefield.
Gaby Almonte picked up the win for Kingsport. Edioglis Villasmil was awarded a save for three innings out of the bullpen.
Kingsport clinched the West Division after Greeneville lost to Danville. The Astros will, however, qualify for the postseason, and play Kingsport on Saturday.
These clubs will meet again tonight in the regular season finale at 7 p.m.
at Hunter Wright Stadium
Bluefield.................001 000 000 — 1 3 3
Kingsport..............202 202 01x — 9 10 0
Zak Wasilewski, Francisco Gracesqui (3), Miquel Castro (5), Jimmy Cordero (6) and Jorge Saez. Gaby Almonte, Edioglis Villasmil (7) and Adrian Abreu. W—Almonte (1-0); L—Wasilewski (4-2); S—Villasmil (1). HR—Champ Stuart, KP (1) 1st, 0 on; Matt Dean, BF (6) 4th, 0 on. Att—729.
Bristol 3, Princeton 2
BRISTOL, Va. — Patrick Palmeiro hit a two-run home in the fourth inning, and the Bristol White Sox survived a late rally by the Rays to defeat Princeton in the second to last game of the season.
Bristol scored two runs with two outs in the ninth. Armando Araiza tripled and scored on a wild pitch by Jhan Martinez. David Garcis followed with a walk and Leopoldo Correa greeted reliever Charlie Sharrer with a double to narrow the margin to one.
Sharrer was then able to retire Johnny Eierman to end the game.
Princeton out-hit Bristol 6-5. Correa paced Princeton with two hits, while Toby Thomas had a pair of doubles for the White Sox.
Chris Freudenberg earned the win for Bristol, while D.J. Staton struck out eight in five innings, but was saddled with the loss.
These clubs will meet today in the season finale at DeVault Stadium. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.
at DeVault Stadium
Princeton...................000 000 002 — 2 6 1
Bristol.......................100 200 00x — 3 5 0
D.J. Slaton, Darren Fischer (6), Isaac Gil (7), Josh Kimborowicz (8) and Armando Araiza. Chris Freudenberg, Jhan Martinez (8), Charlie Sharrer (9) and Sammy Ayala. W—Freudenberg (1-3); L—Slaton (4-3); S—Sharrer (2). HR—Patrick Palmeiro, BRS (5), 4th, 1 on. Att—872.