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ZEBULON — A name change served the Carolina Mudcats well in the opening of an important early season series Friday night.
Playing as Pescados de Carolina for the first time in 2019, Carolina used a full-count, walk-off single from Joantgel Segovia in the bottom of the 10th inning to get past the Down East Wood Ducks 6-5 at Five County Stadium.
Los Pecados (29-19) moved to within 2 1/2 games of the Wood Ducks in the Carolina League’s Southern Division, with the second game of the series set for Saturday at 5 p.m. The Wood Ducks, who dropped their second straight game, fell to 32-17.
Segovia, who tied the game in the sixth inning with an RBI double, plated Eddie Silva from third base. Two other runs scored in the 10th as Rob Henry coaxed out a bases-loaded walk and Payton Henry slapped an RBI single.
Rodrigo Benoit won in relief for los Pescados after balking in a run in the top of the 10th. Trailing 2-0 in the fifth after a pair of solo homers from the Wood Ducks, Carolina posted three runs to take the lead. Segovia doubled to tie the contest, and Ryan Aguilar’s RBI single put los Pescados ahead.
Michael Matuella took the loss for the Wood Ducks, allowing three hits in the 10th. Tristen Lutz was 2 for 4 with a double for Carolina.