KINGSPORT, Tenn. —
First place wasn’t meant to be for the Bluefield Blue Jays.
The Kingsport Mets scored five runs in the sixth and seven innings combined to defeat the Blue Jays 8-5 in the Appalachian League regular season finale for the two teams on Friday night in front of 943 spectators for Hunter Wright Stadium.
Jonathan Leroux hit two home runs for Kingsport, as the Mets out-hit the Blue Jays 12-5, one night after clinching the West Division title. Dominic Smith, Yeixon Ruiz, Michael Bernal and Joe Tuschak had two hits each for the Mets.
Leroux drove in three runs, while Smith had two doubles. Tuschak had a double and two RBIs. Leroux, Ruiz and Smith also scored two runs apiece.
Three Kingsport pitcher scattered five hits, with Andrew Massie getting the win, with Ruben Reyes getting the save.
Franklin Barreto led Bluefield with two hits, including a triple, and two runs batted in. Angel Rojas had a double for the Blue Jays.
Joe D’Alessandro took the loss in relief.
Bluefield (40-27) will host Pulaski in the first game of the Appalachian League playoffs at Bowen Field. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. The final two games of the best-of-3 series will be played in Pulaski.
Greeneville, which finished second in the West, will host Kingsport in the opening round tonight.
Bluefield will enter tonight’s game with a six-game losing streak, and have dropped nine of its last 10 games.
at Hunter Wright Stadium
Bluefield........002 003 000 — 5 5 0
Kingsport......300 002 20x — 8 12 0
Joe Lovecchio, Joe D’Alessandro (6), Tim Mayza (7) and Andres Sotillo. Martires Arias, Andrew Massie (6), Ruben Reyes (9) and Jonathan Leroux, Jeyckol De Leon. W—Massie (2-2), L—D’Alessandro (1-1); S—Reyes (1). HR—Leroux 2 (6), 1st, 1 on, 6th, 0 on. Att—943.