The Kannapolis Intimidators broke the game open with a seven-run third inning and went on to a 10-0 victory over the Lexington Legends Monday night. 


A three-run homer by Toby Thomas in the second inning put the Intimidators in front. 


Kannapolis sent 10 batters to the plate in the third.  Christian Stringer led off with a single and came home on a double by Danny Hayes.  Hayes scored on Jacob Morris’ double, and Brett Austin drew a walk.  The runners moved to second and third on a double steal, and Morris came home on a sacrifice fly by Carl Thomore, giving Kannapolis a 6-0 lead.  After Pedro Fernandez relieved starter Matt Tenuta for Lexington, Thomas drew a walk, and Tyler Williams doubled home two runs.  Ryan Leonards walked, and the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch.  Williams scored on Chevy Clarke’s sacrifice fly to right field, and Leonards scored on right fielder Dex Kjerstad’s throwing error on the same play, giving the Intmidators a 10-0 margin.


Kannapolis starter Andre Wheeler (2-3) allowed one hit over the first five innings and got the win.  Matt Abramson worked through the eighth inning for Kannapolis, and Andrew Mitchell pitched the ninth.


Tenuta (5-9) was the losing pitcher.


Game two of the three-game series will be played Tuesday night.  First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.


Attendance 1,742

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