06/11/06 — Pelicans top Kinston

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Pelicans top Kinston

Published in Sports on June 11, 2006 2:11 AM

KINSTON -- The champagne will have to stay on ice for at least one more day as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans came back to defeat Kinston 7-3 Saturday night at Grainger Stadium.

Down 3-2 after six innings, the Pelicans used a six-hit, five-run seventh inning to pull away. The Pelicans sent ten to the plate as five -straight singles sealed the win.

Joe Ness (5-2) was the tough-luck loser, giving up six hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings for the K-Tribe. Luis Atilano (2-5), won his second game of the season giving up six hits and three earned runs in six innings.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, the K-Tribe got on the board with a solo home run from Micah Schilling -- his third of the season. With the K-Tribe down 2-1 in the fourth, Schilling came through again with a two-RBI double, scoring Trevor Crowe and Jose Constanza. Kinston held on to its 3-2 lead until the Pelicans' big seventh inning.

Wilmington beat second place Winston-Salem 11-4 on Saturday night, shrinking the K-Tribe's magic number to one with eight games to play. The K-Tribe could clinch tomorrow afternoon when they send Scott Lewis to the mound at 2PM at Grainger Stadium.

On Friday, the K-Tribe (42-19) beat Myrtle Beach 5-2 at Grainger Stadium.

Kinston's Scott Lewis, Charles Lofgren, Joe Ness, Wyatt Toregas, Trevor Crowe and Brian Barton were all recently named to the Carolina League All-Star Team, which will face the California League All-Stars on June 27 in Salem, Va.'