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The Lexington Legends ushered in the home portion of the 2012 season versus Kannapolis Thursday. UK basketball senior Darius Miller threw out a ceremonial first pitch, and a crowd of 7,650 fans were at Whitaker Bank Ballpark to see the opener.
The Legends couldn’t open their home schedule with a win as Kannapolis scored five runs in the third inning to send the Legends to a 9-4 loss.
The Intimidators broke the game open in the third. With two outs and the bases empty, Joe De Pinto tripled to center field. Kevan Smith followed with a base hit to score De Pinto. Pangilinan’s single sent Smith to second base, and Mark Haddow walked, loading the bases. Walker’s single to right brought in two more runs as Haddow went to third. Dusty Harvard’s double scored Haddon and Walker, giving the Intimidators a 6-0 lead. Martin Medina followed with a single to right, but Emilio King threw Harvard out at the plate to end the inning.
The Legends answered with a run in the fourth when Jordan Scott singled, advanced to second on an infield out, and scored on a single by Tyler Burnett.
Lexington cut the lead to 6-3 in the fifth. With one out, Delino DeShields Jr. doubled off the wall in center field. DeShields stole third and scored when Medina’s throw went into left field for an error. After Alex Todd was hit by a pitch, Jefferson Olacio relieved Paducah native Daniel Webb for Kannapolis. Scott walked, sending Todd to second, and Olacio later threw two wild pitches, allowing Todd to score.
The two teams meet again Friday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Game time is 7:05 p.m. (Box score)
You can see a photo gallery of the opening day festivities below.
Photos by Jon Hale.