Fitz-Gerald socks solo shot in loss to Burlington

Kingsport first baseman collects two extra-base hits in series opener

July 11th, 2021

BURLINGTON, NC — The Kingsport Axmen fell to the Burlington Sock Puppets, 12-5, in a sloppy Saturday evening at Burlington Athletic Stadium.

The Axmen (12-18) and the Sock Puppets (11-17-2) combined for 30 strikeouts, 21 walks, eight wild pitches and four hit by pitches in the three-hour, 37-minute contest.

Trailing 8-1 after five frames, Kingsport rallied for four runs in the final four innings, highlighted by Hunter Fitz-Gerald’s team-leading fourth homer.

The visitors pushed across two more tallies in the seventh before adding a run on Michael Dorcean’s single in the ninth.

Left-handed reliever Kyle Scrape kept the Appalachian League’s top offense off balance, retiring eight of the nine hitters he faced. Scrape notched a season-high six strikeouts. Ethan Axman twirled two scoreless innings and recorded three punch outs.

Up next, the Axmen wrap up their four-game road trip at 6 p.m. on Sunday with a seven-inning affair against Burlington.

All Kingsport Axmen games are broadcast here with a video stream available online for home games.