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Kernels rally by Clinton in home opener

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The Kernels came back from five runs down to trim the Clinton LumberKings 7-6 at Perfect Game Field on Monday evening.  The ballgame featured eight errors combined between the teams.  Wendell Soto and Frazier Hall both homered for the Kernels.
 
Clinton took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Daniel Paolini RBI groundout, scoring Jamal Austin.  The Kernels tied the score 1-1 on an Abel Baker RBI groundout, scoring Frazier Hall.
 
In the third inning the LumberKings pushed across five runs to jump out to an early 6-1 lead. Guillermo Pimentel's RBI single plated Pauline.  Jharmidy De Jesus followed with a RBI single to score Jabari Blash. Steve Baron then reached on a fielding error by Kernels third baseman Kaleb Cowart, and Ramon Morla came home to score.  On a Jean Acevedo pop out to short Pimentel scored to make the score 5-1.  De Jesus then scored when Anthony Phillips reached on a fielding error by Kernels shortstop Wendell Soto, extending the lead to 6-1.
 
That's when the Kernels began their comeback.  The Kernels plated three runs in the fourth inning. With runners at second and third, Trevor Hairgrove reached on a throwing error by Clinton shortstop Anthony Phillips, allowing both Gary Mitchell and Chevy Clarke to score. Hairgrove later scored on a RBI single by Wendell Soto, cutting Clinton's lead to 6-4.
 
The Kernels scored their final three runs all with two outs.  In the fifth inning Frazier Hall launched a home run deep to right field, cutting the deficit to 6-5.  Then with two outs in the sixth inning, Wendell Soto's two home shot to right field gave the Kernels a 7-6 lead.
 
The Kernels bullpen pitched 5.1 innings of scoreless ball.  Carmine Giardina (1-0) picked up the win, going 2.1 innings and allowing no runs on one hit.  Jacob Negrete pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Ty Kelley recorded his first save by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
 

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